By Xie’en, Hong Kong
After I got married, my husband’s mother spread the gospel of theto me. Through reading , I came to know: Man was created by God; the heavens and earth and all things originated from the creation of ; and God created all things and He is also ruling, supplying, and guiding us. And meanwhile, I also saw God’s salvation for mankind: In order to bear our sins, the Savior Jesus Christ served as a sin offering and then redeemed all mankind, and as long as we accept Him as our Savior, we will enjoy the abundant grace given by Him. I was deeply moved by the great love of the Lord. In 2005, I was baptized and formally became a Christian.
One day, on a group meeting, the wife of a pastor said: “The Lord Jesus taught us to love our enemies, so we should pray for our enemies and bless them.” Upon hearing that, I immediately thought of my ex-husband. I hate him for his infidelity, and also because he abandoned me and my son. How can I bless him? But I thought it was the requirement of the Lord, and I must listen to His word. Therefore, I prayed to the Lord and besought Him to help me forsake the hatred in my heart, and I also asked God’s blessing on my ex-husband’s health and job. Some time later I really forsook the hatred, getting released in spirit. Thanks be to the Lord! After that, in order to spread the Lord’s gospel, the wife choreographed dances of praising the Lord and asked us to dance in a park. To fulfill my own duty and responsibility, I led a small group to dance every morning, from Monday to Friday, and spread the gospel at the same time. Usually, I also led our group to study the Bible, did work for free, visited and sustained the weak brothers and sisters, and received and concerned for the new ones who went to church to worship. When I myself sinned, I admitted guilt to the Lord and repent. At that time, I felt very peace and happy in my heart, having the presence of the Lord.
Later on, something happened in our church, which chilled me a lot: The wife and the preachers schemed against each other, and they vied with one another for their own fame and status; in the church, the wife enthusiastically sustained and cared for the wealthy brothers and sisters and always sat together with them in meetings, but for the ordinary believers, she didn’t pay much attention. Because of such behaviors of the wife, some brothers and sisters didn’t go to church any more. The wife once said in church: “The pastor’s and my salary is only several thousand yuan a month, but each of us donates half of it every month. The more we donate, the more blessing we will get.” Actually, her purpose of saying like that was to ask believers to donate more, and then she would get more incomes. Later on, she bought an apartment and then a private building costing more than four million—she really got the “great blessing”. When I was in contact with the wife, I found she was even worse than a Gentile in loving others.
In 2008, my mother passed away and I was very sad. I asked the wife to pray for me, and she replied: “I will call you every day and pray for you.” One week passed, however, I didn’t get any call from her. I thought: The wife always talked to us, “The Lord Jesus loves you. And I love you, too.” For this reason, I saw her as my spiritual mother and respected her very much. But now she failed to do what she had promised, which really disappointed me. I became weak and depressed, and didn’t enjoy going to church. But when remembering the Lord’s love, I felt hard to tear myself away, thinking: It is the Lord in whom I believe, not the wife; I cannot be weak and negative for man’s behaviors. So I went to church to serve God again, however, I was unable to summon the strength with me anyway. So I prayed to God: O Lord, I was very much thirsty in spirit. May You lead me, open a way for me, give me faith, and guide me to walk forward.
One day, in March, 2009, a sister visited me. After a short greeting, I opened up to her about my spiritual state and the situation of the church. When she heard my words, she fellowshiped: “There is God’s will in the desolation of the church. If we want to understand this matter, we should first recall the situation of the synagogues at the end of the Age of Law. Originally, the temple was full of Jehovah’s glory. The priests must wear priests’ robes and crowns and walk barefoot into the temple; only by doing so can they serve Jehovah God. They must maintain a heart of fearing God to serve Him, and must observe the rules of the temple; if anyone broke the rules, he would be punished by Jehovah God. For example, the King Uzziah entered the temple without permission and wanted to burn incense on the altar of the incense, and then leprosy broke out on his forehead. At the end of the Age of Law, the temple became a desolation: The priests offered lame sacrifices without condemnation in spirit; they made the temple the house of merchandise without the discipline of the Holy Spirit. This was because the Lord Jesus had done the work of the Age of Grace outside the temple. As we know, the people, living in the later period of the Age of Law, became increasingly corrupt and all lived in sins and couldn’t keep the law. The wages of sin is death. God didn’t have the heart to destroy the man created by Him, so He became flesh for the first time and did the work of redemption. In order to take on man’s sin, the Savior Jesus was nailed on the cross as a sin offering, making man’s sin forgiven so that man can come before God. As long as we accepted the Lord Jesus as our Savior, we would enjoy peace and joy and attain God’s blessing and grace, not being condemned any longer. In fact, each time when God does a new stage of work and opens up a new age, He also ends the work of the old age. Just like God became flesh to do the work of the Age of Grace, He stopped His work in the Age of Law at the same time, and consequently, the work of the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the temple and moved to those who accepted God’s new work. And so those who followed the Lord Jesus’ work could attain peace and joy from Him, while those who kept rules in the temple were all forsaken by His work. Let’s see today’s churches, there are more and more lawless acts: Pastors have no heart of fearing God, and they fed on the offerings without fear, much less God’s discipline; co-workers of the church are not of one mind with each other, they raise envy and strife among themselves, fighting for fame and status and scheming against each other; preachers preach the Bible knowledge and doctrines, falling into conversation ruts, so that believers can’t get supply in spirit and became weak and negative. All these manifestations show that the churches have no work of the Holy Spirit and no presence of God.” After hearing the sister’s fellowship, I finally knew that the root cause of my spiritual dryness and the increasing lawless things in churches was that the Holy Spirit’s work has shifted.
And then, the sister communicated: “Now every nation is in a state of ferment, and disasters become bigger and bigger day by day. Kinds of signs are shown that the prophecy of the Lord’s return in the last days has been fulfilled. Today, the Lord Jesus has already returned, and He is exactly the incarnate. Almighty God has opened the sealed little scroll referred to in Revelation, and the words in this scroll are all the words expressed by Almighty God for saving mankind. God uses word to judge and purify and perfect man, and only by accepting God’s work of the last days can we break free from the bondage of sin and be gained by God. In reality, God causes famine to befall the religious world in order to force those within religion who truly and love the truth to escape from the religious world, to seek the footsteps of God’s work, to search for the words that the Holy Spirit speaks to the churches and to seek God’s appearance and His work. All those who hear the voice of God and who accept and obey Almighty God’s judgment work of the last days are the wise virgins. These people are all enjoying the supply of living water of life that flows forth from the throne. All those who do not accept the work of Almighty God belong to the objects of being detested, rejected and eliminated by God. Just like God’s words say, ‘His work in other places will cease, and people will be forced to seek the true way. It will be like Joseph: Everyone came to him for food, and bowed down to him, for he had things to eat. In order to avoid famine people will be forced to seek the true way. The entire religious community is suffering severe famine, and only the God of today is the wellspring of living water, possessed of the ever-flowing wellspring provided for the enjoyment of man, and people will come and depend on Him.’”
I was shocked by the news about the Lord’s return and the words expressed by Almighty God. I thought: The Lord Jesus has returned? Immediately the sister took out a book titled The Scroll Opened by the Lamb and passed it to me. At the moment, I remembered thethat preachers often told us to guard against, so I asked the sister: Are you a believer of Eastern Lightning? The sister fellowshiped to me: “‘For as the lightning comes out of the east, and shines even to the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be’ (Matthew 24:27). In reality, the Eastern Lightning means God’s work and God’s word, and also means that God’s word is the light of life for mankind. ‘the coming of the Son of man’ means that the Lord Jesus becomes flesh again in the last days and comes to the eastern country of the world—China to carry out the work of judgment and chastisement using His word. With His inherent righteous disposition, He expresses the truth to perfect a group of overcomers to manifest God’s almightiness and wisdom, and then, God uses this group of people to spread His gospel of kingdom and makes His work rapidly spread to the West and all countries in the world. God’s word is like a lightning, bringing man the light. It makes us human gain the love and salvation given by God, gain the knowledge of God’s true face, have the true reverence and worship toward God, and live in the light of God’s face.” Later, the sister fellowshiped with me about many truths; she told me to pray more and to seek more so that I can obtain God’s enlightenment and guidance.