Lord Comes Quickly – Reflection on Revelation 22:20

Lord Comes Quickly – Reflection on Revelation 22:20

Today’s Gospel He which testifies these things said, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. – Revelation 22:20 Reflection The Lord promised us that “I come quickly.” To welcome the second coming of Jesus Christ is the greatest hope of every believer in the Lord. We have seen the desolation of the churches in the last days and the disasters springing up all over the world. The prophecies of the second coming of Jesus Christ have basically been fulfilled. How should wise virgins welcome the Lord? The Lord said, “And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him” (Matthew 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” (Revelation 3:20). So only wise virgins can hear the voice of God, welcome Him, and be raptured before God and attend the wedding feast with the Lord. Now the Lord is knocking on our doors, so how should we recognize the voice of God and search for the footprints of God? God’s words say, “Since we are searching for the footprints of God, it behooves us to search for God’s will, for the words of God, for His utterances—because wherever there are new words spoken by God, the voice of God is there, and wherever there are the footsteps of God, God’s deeds are there. Wherever there is the expression of God, there God appears, and wherever God appears, there the truth, the way, and the life exist” (“The Appearance of God Has Ushered in a New Age”). Want to learn more gospel news about the second coming of Jesus Christ? You’re welcome to connect with us via Live Chat. » Read more on our The Gospel of Jesus Christ page about Waiting for Jesus’ Return, or in the recommended articles below: • How Should Christians Prepare for the Day of the Lord? • How to Humble Yourself and Be Blessed in Welcoming the Lord’s Return • 4 Principles for Wise Virgins to Recognize the Voice of God

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The Voice of the Seven Thunders – Reflection on Revelation 10:4

Today’s Gospel And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. – Revelation 10:4 Reflection This verse was written after John the Apostle saw the vision on the island of Patmos. We get to know that “those things which the seven thunders uttered” doesn’t refer to the Bible, because the Bible came into being after 300 years A.D. It is composed of the Old Testament and the New Testament and is well known by the world. The Revelation 5:1–5 say, “And I saw in the right hand of Him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. And one of the elders said to me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.” The book mentioned in these verses is sealed and written within and on the backside, which means there’s content in the book but the book is not opened. When the Lord Jesus comes again, He will open this sealed book and tell us the content. From these we get to know the words of the second coming of the Lord Jesus aren’t recorded in the Bible and that there are God’s utterances outside of the Bible. It is said in John 16:12–13, “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come.” “The Spirit of truth” refers to God Himself. When the Lord comes back, He will show us all the truth and things to come. Hence, we will more clearly understand that there are God’s utterances outside of the Bible.   » You may be interested in reading more on our Second Coming of Jesus Christ page, or in the articles below: • Is All of God’s Word Really in the Bible • The Savior Has Already Returned Upon a “White Cloud” • What Does “the Sound of the Trumpet” in the Biblical Prophecy Refer To

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God’s Kingdom on Earth – Reflection on Revelation 21:3

Today’s Gospel And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.  – Revelation 21:3 Reflection Recently, I came across a video on the Internet. It’s about a debate on whether the place that God has prepared for mankind is on earth or in heaven. In this debate, it mentioned that God made mankind out of clay. He tasked them with doing their duty on earth and managing the rest of His creations. He demanded that they obey, worship, and honor Him, and mandated that their place was on the earth, not in heaven. Moreover, many verses in the Bible have clearly told us that God will establish His kingdom upon the earth. The Lord Jesus said, “After this manner therefore pray you: Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:9–10). Revelation 21:2–3, “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven…. Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.” Revelation 11:15, “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever.” And Revelation 3:12, “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.” From these words, we can see that God will establish His kingdom upon the earth. He will dwell with us humans on earth and the kingdoms of earth must be transformed into kingdoms ruled by Christ forever. Through this video, I not only understand a mystery, but also realize that we should understand the Bible according to the Lord’s words and His will. Our understanding is easy to be mixed with our notions and imaginations if we understand the Bible based on our own will. Let’s share some of God’s words, “When humanity has been restored to their original likeness, when humanity can fulfill their respective duties, keep their own place and obey all of God’s arrangements, God will have obtained a group of people upon the earth who worship Him, and He will also have established a kingdom upon the earth that worships Him. He will have eternal victory upon the earth, and those who are opposed to Him will perish for all eternity. This will restore His original intention in creating man; it will restore His intention in creating all things, and it will also restore His authority upon earth, His authority among all things and His authority among His enemies. These are the symbols of His total victory. Henceforth humanity will enter into rest and enter into a life that follows the right track. God will also enter into eternal rest with man and enter into an eternal life shared by God and man. The filth and disobedience upon the earth shall disappear, as shall the wailing upon the earth. All upon the earth that opposes God will not exist. Only God and those people that He has saved shall remain; only His creation shall remain” (“God and Man Will Enter Into Rest Together”). Want to learn more gospel news about the arrival of God’s kingdom? You’re welcome to connect with us via Live Chat. » You may be interested in reading more on our Gospel Topics page about Kingdom of God, or in the articles below: • Sermon on the Kingdom of God – 3 Standards You Should Know • Can We Enter Heavenly Kingdom After Being Justified by Faith? • Is Baptism a Necessary Condition for Entering the Heavenly Kingdom • Where Is the Kingdom of God According to the Bible?

Revelation 3:12, God's New Name

The Mystery of God’s New Name – Reflection on Revelation 3:12

Today’s Gospel 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. – Revelation 3:12 Reflection A major message can be known from this verse: The returned Lord will have a new name in the last days. This tells us that God has different names in each age. We know that God’s name is Jehovah in the Age of Law, and He issued His law and led the Israelites to live with the name of Jehovah. In the Age of Grace, God did the work of redemption with the name of Jesus. The Revelation prophesied that God will have a new name in the last days. From this, we can understand that God’s name is not unchanged but changes along with God’s different work. Just as God says, “The work of God throughout all of His management is perfectly clear: The Age of Grace is the Age of Grace, and the last days are the last days. There are distinct differences between each age, for in each age God does work which is representative of that age. For the work of the last days to be done, there must be burning, judgment, chastisement, wrath, and destruction to bring the age to an end. The last days refer to the final age. During the final age, will God not bring the age to an end? To end the age, God must bring chastisement and judgment with Him. Only in this way can He end the age. Jesus’ purpose was so that man might continue to survive, to live on, and that he might exist in a better way. He saved man from sin so that he might cease his descent into depravity and no longer live in Hades and hell, and by saving man from Hades and hell He allowed him to go on living. Now, the last days have arrived. He shall annihilate man and completely destroy the human race, that is, He shall transform mankind’s rebellion. For this reason, it would be impossible, with the compassionate and loving disposition of the past, for God to end the age or to bring His six-thousand-year plan of management to fruition. Every age features a special representation of God’s disposition, and every age contains work that should be done by God. So, the work done by God Himself in each age contains the expression of His true disposition, and both His name and the work that He does change along with the age; they are all new. During the Age of Law, the work of guiding mankind was done under the name of Jehovah, and the first stage of work was initiated on earth. At this stage, the work consisted of building the temple and the altar, and using the law to guide the people of Israel and to work in their midst. By guiding the people of Israel, He launched a base for His work on earth. From this base, He expanded His work beyond Israel, which is to say that, starting from Israel, He extended His work outward, so that later generations gradually came to know that Jehovah was God, and that it was Jehovah who created the heavens and earth and all things, and that it was Jehovah who made all creatures. He spread His work through the people of Israel outward beyond them. The land of Israel was the first holy place of Jehovah’s work on earth, and it was in the land of Israel that God first went to work on earth. That was the work of the Age of Law. As for the work of the Age of Grace, Jesus was the God who saved man. What He had and was was grace, love, compassion, forbearance, patience, humility, care, and tolerance, and so much of the work that He did was for the sake of the redemption of man. As for His disposition, it was one of compassion and love, and because He was compassionate and loving, He had to be nailed to the cross for man, in order to show that God loved man as Himself, so much so that He offered up Himself in His entirety. Satan said, ‘Since You love man, You must then love him to the ultimate extreme: You must be nailed to the cross, to deliver man from the cross, from sin, and You shall offer up Yourself in exchange for all of mankind.’ Satan made the following wager: ‘Since You are a loving and compassionate God, You must love man to the ultimate extreme: You should then offer Yourself up to the cross.’ Jesus replied, ‘As long as it is for mankind, I am willing to lay down My all.’ And then He went up onto the cross without the slightest self-regard, and redeemed the whole of mankind. During the Age of Grace, the name of God was Jesus, that is to say, God was a God who saved man, and He was a compassionate and loving God. God was with man. His love, His compassion, and His salvation accompanied each and every person. Only by accepting the name of Jesus and His presence was man able to gain peace and joy, to receive His blessing, His vast and numerous graces, and His salvation. Through the crucifixion of Jesus, all those who followed Him received salvation and were forgiven their sins. During the Age of Grace, Jesus was the name of God. In other words, the work of the Age of Grace was done principally under the name of Jesus. During the Age of Grace, God was called Jesus. He undertook a stage of new work beyond the Old Testament, and His work ended with…

No More Tears, Death, Sorrow, Crying or Pain. A Commentary on Revelation 21:4

No More Tears in Heaven – Reflection on Revelation 21:4

Today’s Gospel And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. – Revelation 21:4 Reflection Each of us longs for a life without tears or sadness. At the beginning when God created Adam and Eve, He placed them inside the beautiful Garden of Eden. At that time there was no birth, ageing, illness or death, and no worries or annoyances. They led a happy life with God. Later, they didn’t listen to God’s words but ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, so they began a painful life. But God wants to save mankind. He not only issued the laws and guided the life of mankind on earth, but personally became flesh to do the work of redemption, so man’s sins were forgiven. Even so, they haven’t gotten rid of their corrupt dispositions and still live in the state of sinning during the day and confessing their sin at night. The Bible says, “Holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” From this verse, we can see that God is holy. If we still commit sins, we cannot be praised by God and enter into His promised land. Nevertheless, we know that God’s substance is love. Since God saves man, He will save him completely. It is recorded in Hebrews 9:28, “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and to them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin to salvation.” The Lord Jesus was once offered to redeem us, and He will appear the second time to deliver us. If we accept His second salvation and are made clean, then we will be worthy of entering into God’s kingdom. At that time, we can enjoy the life of the new heaven and earth without tears, death, sadness, crying or pain. Two passages in a book occurred to me, “The life in rest is one without war, without filth, without persisting unrighteousness. This is to say that it lacks Satan’s harassment (here ‘Satan’ refers to hostile forces), Satan’s corruption, as well as the invasion of any force opposed to God. Everything follows its own kind and worships the Lord of creation. Heaven and earth are entirely tranquil. This is humanity’s restful life” (“God and Man Will Enter Into Rest Together”). “As My words are consummated, the kingdom is gradually formed on earth and man is gradually returned to normality, and thus there is established on earth the kingdom in My heart. In the kingdom, all the people of God recover the life of normal man. Gone is the frosty winter, replaced by a world of cities of spring, where it is spring all year round. No longer are people faced with the gloomy, miserable world of man, no longer do they endure the cold chill of the world of man. People do not fight with each other, countries do not go to war against each other, no longer is there carnage and the blood that flows from carnage; all lands are filled with happiness, and everywhere teems with warmth between men” (“Chapter 20” of God’s Words to the Entire Universe). The restful life is beautiful without wars or pains. God leads the survivors of mankind to live on earth. Human beings have regained the sanctity they once possessed and live in the light and enjoy a happy life of being with God. Thank God. Want to learn more gospel news about the arrival of God’s kingdom? You’re welcome to connect with us via Live Chat. » Recommended for You: “Kingdom Anthem: The Kingdom Descends Upon the World”: The Promise of God Has Been Realized

What Are the Overcomes Like – Reflection on Revelation 14:5

What Are the Overcomes Like – Reflection on Revelation 14:5

Today’s Gospel And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God. – Revelation 14:5 Reflection This verse tells us the behavior of those who follow the footprints of the Lamb. This group of people are honest and beloved by God. No lie or crookedness or deceit is found in their mouth, and in their heart they magnify God. They do not rebel against or resist Him. They can obey and fear God in everything, be of one heart and one mind with Him, and worship Him in spirit and in truth. They are the overcomers who are judged and cleansed by God in the last days. However, we have been deeply corrupted by Satan. In our heart we always consider or plan for our own interests, deceive those above and below us, and tell lies and deceive others. How can God like such deceitful people? How can such people enter the kingdom of God? From this verse, we can know that to be honest people is the goal and direction we should seek. God says, “You ought to know that God likes those who are honest. In substance, God is faithful, and so His words can always be trusted; His actions, furthermore, are faultless and unquestionable, which is why God likes those who are absolutely honest with Him. Honesty means giving your heart to God, being genuine with God in all things, being open with Him in all things, never hiding the facts, not trying to deceive those above and below you, and not doing things only to curry favor with God. In short, to be honest is to be pure in your actions and words, and to deceive neither God nor man” (“Three Admonitions”). Want to learn more gospel news about the arrival of God’s kingdom? You’re welcome to connect with us via Live Chat. » Further reading about Overcomer: • 4 Ways to Become as a Little Child • Bible Study: How to Become an Overcomer • What Is an Overcomer? What Are the Standards for Being an Overcomer? » Recommended for You: “The People of the Heavenly Kingdom” Clip – A Christian Acts Honestly and Receives God’s Blessing

Seeking What “the Book” in Revelation Refers to

By Wu Ming Wu Ming has been a sincere Christian for many years. She likes reading the Bible very much, and is especially curious about Revelation, eager to know what those prophecies in it mean. Once when she saw a passage in Revelation, “And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals” (Revelation 5:1), she thought, “What does the book here refer to? Does it refer to the Bible? Is the content of the book recorded in the Bible or outside of it?” At that moment, she remembered a passage in Daniel, “But you, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased” (Daniel 12:4). She thought to herself: It seems that in the last days many people will seek and examine this hidden and sealed book to understand more truths and God’s will. But then she also thought: Since the Bible has already been open to the world, and true believers can understand the truth and God’s will through reading it, why do people still have to seek in the last days? So, this sealed book predicted in Revelation may not be a reference to the Bible! However, during so many years of following the Lord, I’ve found that no matter who preached, in their sermons the book was always considered as the Bible. What explanation is actually right? She dimly felt that the book must refer to something else. Afterward, she came to an experienced old pastor who had been preaching for over thirty years to seek the answer. The pastor said to her thoughtfully, “This book records about the vision John saw on the island of Patmos, and it prophesies what God will accomplish in the last days. It can only be opened by Him who sits upon the throne. By now we still don’t know the content of the book, that means we have to wait.” She thought the pastor’s words made sense and was helpful to her, though he didn’t know more details about the book either. After that, Wu Ming increasingly longed to know the mysteries of the book. She believed that as long as she relied on the Lord and sought constantly, one day she would be able to understand what the book actually refers to. Some days passed and Wu Ming’s cousin came to see her. Her cousin was a preacher who had served the Lord for many years, and over these years, she had worked hard for the Lord and established many churches. Besides, her cousin was also the one that introduced me to the belief in the Lord in the beginning. Seeing her cousin, Wu Ming was only too delighted. In their conversation, she brought up her puzzlement about the book, hoping to get some new knowledge from her cousin. She was told, “In the past, I had always thought that the book referred to the Bible, but after studying the chapters of the Bible carefully and communicating with the shepherds of some churches, I found that the book in Revelation actually referred to something else.” Then her cousin took out the Bible, turned to Revelation 5:1, and read, “And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.” Then she continued to say, “We can see from this prediction that the ‘book’ is in the hand of Him sitting on the throne. When we mention Him who sits on the throne, without doubt, we refer to God Himself, because man doesn’t have the qualification to sit on the throne. It says here the book is in the hand of Him who sits on the throne. To put it another way, the book is mastered by God and contains the hidden truth and mystery. But every one of us believers in the Lord has a Bible in our hands, and can read it freely. Even non-believers can also have access to reading it. So, how can it be said to have been sealed with seven seals? Let’s take a look at Revelation 5:2-4, ‘And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.’ We know that John wrote Revelation around 90 A.D. At that time, the Four Gospels, Acts, and letters to churches had already been finished. If the book refers to the Bible, then why did John cry because no one was worthy to open the book? In fact, Revelation records the vision John saw on the island of Patmos. The prophecies in it are about the things that hadn’t yet been accomplished by the Lord at that time, or we can say, the work God would do later. Just as Revelation says, ‘The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him, to show to his servants things which must shortly come to pass …’ (Revelation 1:1). ‘… things which must shortly come to pass’ mentioned here means the things which is about to be accomplished soon but hasn’t been fulfilled yet. From this point we are sure that ‘the book’ absolutely doesn’t refer to the Bible, but refers to God’s new work to be done beyond the Bible. We know that Revelation is a book of prophecy about the Lord Jesus’ return, and is all about the things that will take place when the Lord Jesus returns. And ‘the seven vials’ and ‘the seven plagues,’ which are prophesied in it, refer to the great disasters that are going to be sent down by the Lord when He…

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