By Mingai, Malaysia
It is recorded in Acts 4:12 of the New Testament: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must I, even I, am Jehovah; and beside me there is no savior. .” Based on this verse of Scripture, many Christians believe that they can only be saved by putting their trust in the ’ name, and yet it says in the Book of Isaiah 43:11 in the Old Testament: “” Both the name Jehovah and the name Jesus are God’s names, yet by which name can we obtain ? Why was God called Jehovah in the Age of Law but called Jesus in the Age of Grace? Since God changed His name from “Jehovah” to “Jesus,” will God change His name again when He returns in the last days? What mysteries are hidden within God’s name?
Keeping a Vigilant Watch
I began believing in the Lord Jesus when I was 15. Through reading the Bible in gatherings, I understood that the Lord Jesus was crucified for the redemption of us all. He is our Savior. As long as we upheld the name of the Lord Jesus and kept His way, we could be saved, for it is said in the Bible that “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). From then on, I served and spent for the Lord, which I did quite zealously in fact. Over 10 years seemed to go by in a flash, and I saw now that disasters were becoming increasingly bigger, that the state of the world was becoming more and more chaotic, and that wars were about to break out. The prophecies of the Lord’s return were basically already fulfilled, and the church preachers often told us that the last days have arrived, that the days of the Lord were nigh, and that we had to keep a vigilant watch and prepare a good supply of oil for our lamps. So I pressed on in my service and was sober unto prayer, hoping that I would one day be able to meet the Lord’s return.
Has the Lord Really Returned?
In August 2017, I met Brother Wang and Sister Liu on the web, and the three of us began to exchange our knowledge of Scripture online. Sister Liu would often use examples and stories to guide us to understand the Bible. Through her fellowship, I understood how to believe to gain God’s approval, how to have my prayers heard, how to read the Bible to understand the words of the Lord better, and so on. Sister Liu’s fellowship was practical and had light. It allowed me to gain great provision.
One day, we hadn’t been online long when Sister Liu happily exclaimed, “I’ve got good news to tell you! The Lord Jesus has returned already! He has come back this time primarily to do the work of judgment starting from the house of God by expressing His words to judge and purify man. This is the final stage of the work to save man, and it is the work that will bring this age to a close. This fulfills the prophecy of the Bible: ‘For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God’ (1 Peter 4:17). We shall be saved only if we accept the Lord’s new work….” Hearing her say this, I was somewhat shocked and dared not believe it, and I thought to myself: “Has the Lord Jesus returned? How come I’ve never heard this before? And the pastor and elder haven’t preached that the Lord has returned. Is it true? If by some chance I’m wrong about this, won’t I then lose the Lord’s salvation?” In the days that followed, I was constantly guarded with Sister Liu.
Afterward, I saw a trailer for a Christian film on Facebook, called Who’s Nailing God to the Cross Again? In the film, a Christian sister says that Eastern Lightning is testifying that the Lord Jesus has already returned, and that He is the incarnated Almighty God. But a pastor in the film says that this is absolutely impossible…. Watching the film, I couldn’t help but think of how our pastor had urged us again and again to stay away from Eastern Lightning. At that time, I felt surprised and then thought: Sister Liu said that the Lord Jesus has returned already, and the words she was reading were very similar to the words of Almighty God in the film. The way it looks, the returned Lord Jesus is quite possibly Almighty God being witnessed by Eastern Lightning. When I thought of this, I became even more guarded against Sister Liu. Next, the film showed me the reason why pastors and elders condemn Eastern Lightning. Many brothers and sisters in the church, after reading Almighty , have been conquered by His word, have recognized it is the and accepted Eastern Lightning one by one. Pastors and elders see their believers dwindling in number, that no one gives them donations anymore, and no one worships them or follows them anymore, and so they judge and condemn Eastern Lightning, they wantonly spread rumors together with the CCP, and they even report Eastern Lightning preachers to the police and have them arrested. Furthermore, in the film, brothers and sisters read some of Almighty God’s words, and when I heard them I felt certain that they carried authority and power, and were not words that any human being could have spoken. My heart was conflicted: “Is Almighty God really the return of the Lord Jesus? But Acts 4:12 clearly says that only by trusting in the name of the Lord Jesus can we be saved. Why is Eastern Lightning testifying that the Lord Jesus has already returned, and taken a new name—Almighty God?” I didn’t know who to listen to, but then I thought, “The of the Lord is a great event, after all, and I need to approach it carefully. I’ll keep seeking, and I’ll be able to ask Sister Liu about it at this evening’s meeting.” So I sent the film to Brother Wang, telling him to be cautious when it came to the matter of the Lord’s return, and afterward I also sent the film to Sister Liu.
Revealing the True Meaning of “Neither Is There Salvation in Any Other” in Scripture
At our meeting that evening, I asked, “It says in the Bible that ‘Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved’ (Acts 4:12). We can only be saved by putting our trust in the name of the Lord Jesus, and besides the Lord Jesus, there is no other God that can save us. Why do you testify to Almighty God? Is this not a betrayal of the Lord Jesus?”
Sister Liu, smiling, said, “Sister, we can’t understand the meaning of the scriptures going only by the literal meaning of the words. See, the Bible also says: ‘I, even I, am Jehovah; and beside me there is no savior’ (Isaiah 43:11). This is saying that, besides Jehovah, there is no one else who can be our Savior. So tell me, should we believe in Jehovah, or should we believe in the Lord Jesus? Exactly who can save us?”
Hearing her say this, I suddenly didn’t know what to say. Pondering Sister Liu’s words, I thought: That’s right. Jehovah is God, and so is the Lord Jesus. If only the Lord Jesus could save us, then how can we explain the words “I, even I, am Jehovah; and beside me there is no savior.” (Isaiah 43:11)? It seemed as though these two verses of Scripture were not as simple as my understanding of them had been.
Sister Liu went on to say: “When God worked in the Age of Law, His name was Jehovah. The people of that age, only by accepting Jehovah’s guidance, worshiping Jehovah, following Jehovah’s way and conducting themselves in accordance with God’s requirements, could they obtain God’s care and protection. Therefore, the requirement on people back then was not to worship any God except Jehovah, and this is why Jehovah said ‘beside me there is no savior.’ But when God began a new work, His name thereupon changed, and only by accepting God’s new name and praying in His new name could we obtain God’s praise. As in the Age of Grace, God’s name was no longer Jehovah, but became Jesus, and we all had to accept the name of Jesus and pray to the Lord Jesus in order for our sins to be forgiven, and for us to be able to enjoy an abundance of grace and the peace and joy that comes from the Lord. If we insisted on the name of Jehovah and refused to accept the name of Jesus, then we would have been unable to attain God’s guidance and the Lord Jesus’ forgiveness. Therefore, ‘Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.’—this means that, during the Age of Grace, people could only be saved by accepting the name of Jesus. Although we accepted the Lord Jesus’ redemption and our sins were forgiven, our sinful satanic natures endure, our corrupt dispositions remain deeply rooted within us and we can still often sin and resist God, such as being arrogant and conceited, selfish and contemptible, crooked and deceitful, greedy and evil, etc. For example, when we encounter things that are not to our liking, we can often reveal our hot-bloodedness; when we see a co-worker who is better than we are, jealousy arises; in order to safeguard our personal interests, we often exaggerate too much in our speech, and we lie and try to cheat others, and so on. We go on living in a state of sinning and confessing, without putting into practice the Lord’s words; we cannot be caught up into the kingdom of heaven. Because God is holy, filthy people are not qualified to see His face. Just as it is said in the Bible: ‘And holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord’ (Hebrews 12:14). God also said: ‘You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy’ (Leviticus 11:45). In the last days, in order to utterly save us from sin, God has become flesh once again to express words and do a stage of work whereby man is judged, chastised and purified. When God comes to begin a new work, His name changes to Almighty God, and only by closely following the footsteps of the Lamb and accepting God’s new name will we be able to attain complete salvation and have the hope of attaining God’s salvation and entering into the kingdom of heaven.”
Only after hearing her fellowship did I realize the true meaning of “for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” as it says in the Bible. As it turns out, these words are referring to the Age of Grace, and that we could only have our sins forgiven if we accepted the Lord’s name—they are not saying that God’s name can only be Jesus. But I still didn’t understand why the Lord Jesus’ name would become Almighty God upon His return. Did this have a basis in the Bible?
Unveiling the Mystery of God’s Name
Sister Liu continued to say, “Concerning God’s new name, this was prophesied long ago. For example, Revelation 3:12 says: ‘Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God: and I will write on him my new name.’ And Revelation 1:8 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.’ These two verses of Scripture clearly prophesy that in the last days God will have another new name, that of the Almighty, that is, Almighty God. Why does God want to take the name Almighty God when He returns? Actually, the names God takes in each age are not taken arbitrarily, but rather they all have meaning. Let’s read what God’s words say about it.”
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