Six-Thousand-Year Calls “Where Are You?”
“And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called to Adam, and said to him, Where are you? And he said, I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” (Genesis 3: 8-10) Since human ancestors Adam and Eve fell, man had sins. After man committed sins, they hid themselves for fear of seeing God. Gradually, man strays from God, and becomes strange to God. Although man forgets the God who breathed the breath into them and supplies them with life, God has never left man. God knows man falls into Satan’s scheme and betrays Him because of their ignorance and their lack of discernment between good and evil. So, God doesn’t remember man’s ignorance but is still concerned about man created by Himself, and God has still been calling over several thousands of years.…
In the Age of Grace, the Lord Jesus came into the human world, eating and living with man. During His work, He told His followers many parables. One of them is “The Parable of the Lost Sheep”: “How think you? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, does he not leave the ninety and nine, and goes into the mountains, and seeks that which is gone astray? And if so be that he find it, truly I say to you, he rejoices more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.” (Matthew 18:12-14) From this parable, I feel that God is real and true, and feel God’s true heart and His mercy on man. God hopes to awaken the still slumbering mankind by such a parable and let them understand God’s love for man, understand God’s eager desire to save man, and know that God never stops looking for the mankind who lose direction and has still been waiting for their return over these thousands of years.
It’s the end time now. Man has been corrupted more and more deeply, and they all live an empty life only concerned with eating, drinking, and the pursuit of pleasure, and enjoy the pleasure of sins. Man completely forsakes God and forgets God is the source of man’s life. To save mankind created by Himself, God returns to flesh again and ceaselessly supplies and waters them with His word of life. The purpose of Almighty God is so that man’s heart and spirit will be awakened and thus they will return before Him soon. As Almighty God says, “Your heart and your spirit have been taken away by the evil one. Your eyes are covered by darkness; you cannot see the sun in the sky, nor the twinkling star in the night. Your ears are clogged with deceptive words and you hear not the thunderous voice of Jehovah, nor the sound of the rushing waters from the throne. You have lost everything that should have belonged to you and everything that the Almighty bestowed upon you. You have entered an endless sea of bitterness, with no strength of a rescue, no hope of survival, left only to struggle and to bustle about. … From that moment, you are doomed to be afflicted by the evil one, kept far away from the blessings of the Almighty, out of reach of the provisions of the Almighty, and you embark on a road of no return. A million calls can hardly rouse your heart and your spirit. You sleep deeply in the hand of the evil one, which has lured you into the boundless realm, with no direction, with no road signs. Henceforth, you have lost your original purity, innocence, and started to hide from the care of the Almighty. The evil one steers your heart in every matter and becomes your life. You no longer fear him, no longer avoid him, no longer doubt him. Instead, you treat him as the God in your heart. You begin to enshrine him, worship him, be inseparable like a shadow of his, and mutually commit to each other in life and death. You have no idea at all from where you originate, why you exist, or why you ‘die.’ You view the Almighty as a stranger; you don’t know His origin, let alone all that He has done for you. Everything from Him has become hateful to you. You neither cherish them nor know their value. You walk with the evil one, from the same day you started to receive provisions from the Almighty. You and the evil one walk through thousands of years of tempest and storm. Together with it, you ‘counter’ God, who was the source of your life. You do not repent, let alone know that you have come to the point of perishment. You forget that the evil one has tempted you, afflicted you; you forget your origin. Just like that, the evil one has been damaging you step by step, even to now. Your heart and your spirit are desensitized and decayed. You no longer complain about the distress of the world, no longer believe the world is unjust. You don’t even care about the existence of the Almighty. This is because you have deemed the evil one as your true father, and you no longer can be apart from him. This is the ‘secret’ in your heart.”
“The Almighty has mercy on these people who suffer deeply. At the same time, He is fed up with these people without any consciousness, because He has to wait too long for the answer from humans. He desires to seek, seek your heart and your spirit. He wants to bring you food and water and to awaken you, so you are no longer thirsty, no longer hungry. When you are weary and when you begin to feel the desolation of this world, don’t be perplexed, don’t cry. Almighty God, the Watcher, will embrace your arrival any time. He is watching by your side, waiting for you to turn back. He is waiting for the day your memory suddenly recovers: becoming conscious of the fact that you came from God, somehow and somewhere once lost, falling unconscious on the roadside, and then, unknowingly having a ‘father.’ You further realize that the Almighty has been watching there, awaiting your return all along. He longs bitterly, waiting for a response without an answer. His watching is priceless and is for the heart and the spirit of humans. Perhaps this watching is indefinite, and perhaps this watching is at its end. But you should know exactly where your heart and soul are now.” (from The Word Appears in the Flesh)
When Almighty God comes, He begins the Age of Kingdom and brings mankind the truth, the way, and the life, so that man, through gaining the truth, can recover their original likeness when God created them in the beginning and restore their, and so that they, through knowing God, will forsake Satan and no longer be deceived or shackled by Satan and live under God’s protection and care completely. This is the aim of God’s six-thousand-year management plan. Now the six-thousand-year calls come to the end. “Where are you?” God’s calls with worry, mercy, and concern are still reverberating in the ears, and never disappear. God is calling and waiting for the return of everyone!