By Jingjing, Taiwan
Since I was little, I believed in the Lord Jesus with my mother. From then on, my mother would take me to church with her regardless of wind, rain or snow. And the Lord bestowed abundant grace on us. After I got married, I continued to go to church as before.
One day, when I called my mother, she told me: “The Lord Jesus has returned! I have read a lot of words of Almighty God, I am sure that Almighty God is indeed the returned Lord Jesus! He has brought with Him new work and taken a new name. From now on, we must pray in the name of Almighty God.” She also shared with me lots of details of God’s work in the last days. After hearing her words, I thought to myself: My mother is a devout Christian. She always told me to keep the Lord Jesus’ name. How come she has turned to Almighty God? Besides, if the Lord Jesus truly has returned, the pastors would know first. How could they not tell us yet? I had lots of doubts in my heart about the Lord’s return. But at the same time, I was afraid that if the Lord had truly returned yet I refused to accept His new work, I would be abandoned by Him. I felt very conflicted inside. So I constantly prayed to the Lord: “O Lord, have You truly returned? If so, may You lead me and guide me. I don’t want to be someone who believes in You yet rejects You.” To figure things out as soon as possible, one month later, I bought a plane ticket and flew to my mother’s place.
One day, after lunch, my mother went to the airport to pick up my sister-in-law who was coming back from Canada. At that time, the pastor came to visit my mother with gifts. As soon as he sat down, he said to me: “Recently, your mother has started to believe in Eastern Lightning. She said the Lord Jesus has returned, and that we should not pray in the name of the Lord Jesus, but in the name of Almighty God. The Lord has bestowed so much grace on you, yet she has betrayed Him. This is apostasy!” He also said many things that blasphemed Almighty God. I sat there silently and thought: It seems that things are pretty serious. The pastor is the Lord’s servant and he should know better than us. What if mother’s faith is wrong? When she returns, I must ask her and find out. Before leaving, the pastor urged me: “Since you are back now, you must do your best to persuade your mother not to believe in Eastern Lightning.”
When my mother came back, I couldn’t wait to ask her what was going on. She said to me: “During these past few years, I saw the co-workers of the church plotted against each other. And what the pastors preached were all theological theories and biblical knowledge, which could not supply our life one bit. I was so thirsty in spirit that I went to several other churches. But later I found the situation in these churches was almost alike. The faith and love of the brothers and sisters had grown cold, and they were negative and weak in spirit. Just when I was disheartened and desperate, I met a sister from The Church of Almighty God. Through her fellowship, I came to understand: The reason why the churches are desolate is because the Holy Spirit’s work has shifted and the churches of the Age of Grace are already without the work of the Holy Spirit. Only those who keep up with God’s footsteps can obtain the supply of the living water of life and gain the work of the Holy Spirit. Now God has returned to do His new work and expressed millions of words. These words have opened up all the mysteries of the Bible. Through reading them, your father and I became sure that Almighty God is the returned Lord Jesus. So we both accepted Almighty God’s work in the last days. Now we read God’s words every day, and enjoy the watering and supply of the living water of life which flows from the throne. Our faith in God has been restored and we feel that we have a clearer path in our belief in God. Not long ago, I shared this great and wonderful news with the brothers and sisters in the church. But I never expected that after the pastors knew, not only did they refuse to seek and study God’s work in the last days, but they also brought the elders and deacons to disrupt me, warned me not to believe in Almighty God, said many things that blasphemed Almighty God, and sealed off the church to stop me from contacting the brothers and sisters. The deacons even called me to warn me that if I continued to preach to the brothers and sisters, they would call the police and have me arrested.”
After saying this, my mother held my hand and continued: “Jingjing, we cannot worship the pastors, but should obey God and listen to His words. The greatest wish of us believers in the Lord is to welcome the Lord’s return. Since you are back home to spend the New Year, you must take this chance to investigate Almighty God’s work in the last days properly!” After hearing her words, I thought: The condition of the churches in Taiwan is also not good like before. Though I attend gatherings every week and also attend the Bible study groups and women’s fellowship, I have not gained anything. There is no new light in the pastors’ preachings, and the faith and love of the brothers and sisters have grown cold. So the reason why the churches are so bleak and desolate now is because the Holy Spirit’s work has shifted. Besides, ever since I returned home, I had noticed that my mother indeed understood more truth than she did before. So I promised her to meet with the brothers and sisters from The Church of Almighty God and investigate the work of Almighty God.
After dinner, my mother invited over a sister from The Church of Almighty God, who then fellowshiped with me the truth regarding God’s name. From her fellowship, I came to understand: God originally had no name. It is just because He has work to do among man that He uses a name that befits the age to represent the work that He does in each age. For example, in the Age of Law, God’s name was Jehovah. God took on this name based on the work He did and the disposition He expressed in the Age of Law. In the Age of Grace, people respected the name of the Lord Jesus as a holy name. As long as people prayed in the name of the Lord Jesus, their illnesses would be cured and their sins pardoned. The name of Jesus was taken based on God’s redemption work in the Age of Grace. Now in the Age of Kingdom, God takes a new name and is called Almighty God. Likewise, He takes this name based on His work of judgment in the last days. I thought of Revelation 1:8, which says: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, said the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” It turned out that God had long foretold that His name would be Almighty God in the last days.
Then I asked the sister: “The pastors and elders often tell us to vigilantly await the Lord’s return. Since the Lord has returned, they should lead brothers and sisters to seek and investigate God’s work. How come they resist and even condemn it?”
After hearing my words, she read me a passage of God’s words: “Do you wish to know the root of why the Pharisees opposed Jesus? Do you wish to know the substance of the Pharisees? They were full of fantasies about the Messiah. What’s more, they believed only that the Messiah would come, yet did not seek the truth of life. … they made the mistake of paying empty tribute to the name of the Messiah while opposing the substance of the Messiah by any means. These Pharisees in substance were stubborn, arrogant, and did not obey the truth. The principle of their belief in God is: No matter how profound Your preaching, no matter how high Your authority, You are not Christ unless You are called the Messiah. Are these views not preposterous and ridiculous?”
She continued to fellowship: “God’s words have clearly stated the root and essence of the Pharisees’ resistance to God. Because their nature was wildly arrogant, they did not have the slightest reverence toward God, nor did they ever seek the truth. When God came to perform His work, they stubbornly held on to their own notions and imaginations, thinking that as long as He was not called the Messiah, He was not Christ. Though they knew what the Lord Jesus expressed was all truth, they did not have any intention of seeking it. Instead, they tried to find all kinds of accusations against Him in all respects. Moreover, they led the Jewish people to deny and condemn Christ, taking them on the path of resisting God and being enemies of God, and making them the accomplices and puppets of Satan. In the last days, Almighty God has come. He has expressed millions of words of truth and is doing the judgment work of the last days. Similarly, He is resisted and condemned by the leaders of the religious world. Identical to the Pharisees, they are controlled by their arrogant nature of Satan and stubbornly hold on to their notions and imaginations. They insist that anyone who is not called the Lord Jesus and does not come upon a white cloud is not God. They never lead the brothers and sisters to seek and study the true way, and moreover, they resist and condemn God’s work, and even crucify Christ again. They are indeed walking the path of the Pharisees. From this, we can see their satanic nature of hatred of the truth and hatred of God. If we pay no attention to listening for God’s voice, and don’t seek and investigate the true way after hearing God’s voice, it will be very easy for us to follow the pastors and elders to resist God. If so, we will lose the opportunity of God’s salvation and sink into darkness where we will weep and gnash our teeth.”
After hearing her fellowship, I gained some knowledge of the pastors’ and elders’ satanic nature of resisting God. I thought of the Pharisees who believed in God for generations. They read and re-read the Bible and outwardly appeared devout. The Jewish people at that time were deceived by their external actions. So they blindly listened to and worshiped them, and followed them to resist and condemn the Lord Jesus, eventually offending God’s disposition. Then I thought of myself. I always thought that the pastors were seminary graduates, and served the Lord, labored for Him, and were the Lord’s servants, so they must know God better than we did, and that if the Lord returns, those pastors should accept Him first and then tell us about it. Now I knew: This was just my false notion. In fact, they are those who don’t love and accept the truth. I saw that I didn’t have the reality of the truth or know how to discern people, and that it was easy for people who blindly worshiped others to be deceived. And it was because I blindly worshiped the pastor that I was close to being misled by him and forfeiting myself, and also holding my mother back from accepting the true way.
After the gathering, the sister gave me a book of God’s words and said to me: “God incarnate of the last days has mainly come to judge, cleanse, and save man by expressing the truth. Whoever can hear the returned Lord Jesus’ voice and seek and accept Him is a wise virgin who will attend the feast with Him. This exactly fulfills what the Lord Jesus said: ‘My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me’ (John 10:27). If we want to be the wise virgins, we have to read more of Almighty God’s words.” From then on, I read God’s words every day as if I was dying of thirst and hunger. I also fellowshiped and shared God’s words with brothers and sisters. I gradually understood the relationship between the three stages of God’s work. Though in different ages God’s name and work are different, His three stages of work are closely linked, and they truly are the work of one God. I also understood: My mother has accepted the work of Almighty God and prays in the name of Almighty God, this is not apostasy but keeping up with the footsteps of God’s work. Through reading God’s words, a lot of perplexities which I had had when I believed in the Lord were solved. This made me confirm that Almighty God’s work is indeed the appearance and work of the Lord Jesus. Later, my sister-in-law also accepted Almighty God’s work in the last days. I was extremely happy that I could welcome the Lord’s return. This really is a blessing for me and also God’s divine favor toward me.