After I Abandoned Buddhism, the Gave Me Peace
At my age of 16, my elder brother preached the gospel of the Lord Jesus to me. However, influenced by other relatives, I chose to believe in Buddhism, because I thought it made no difference no matter which faith I had and it was enough for me to hold a belief. It wasn’t until over twenty years later that I changed my mind. During that period of time, things didn’t go well in my family and work and I encountered many troubles. My elder brother again advised me to believe in the Lord Jesus, saying that only He could help me. That time I didn’t know why I listened to him. The following day, I went to the church to listen to the sermon. The pastor read these verses, “Come to me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke on you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest to your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). These words of the Lord Jesus made me feel very amiable and spoke right to my heart. I was deeply moved by His words and tears dropped down my face. I, like a wandering child, finally found my home. In the face of the pressure of life and work, I felt it was very tiring and painful to live. When I had no aim and direction in my life and was at a loss, the Lord’s words comforted me, allowing me to find the cocoon of rest. I set my mind to rely on the Lord and follow Him for my whole life. Afterward, I read every day and attended the worship every week and also took part in other church services. I felt happy and peaceful, accompanied by the words of the Lord Jesus and sharing the testimony of experience with brothers and sisters. With the enjoyment of the Lord’s grace and blessings, release and enrichment filled me every day.
Thirteen Years After Believing in the Lord, I Heard About the Gospel of the Lord’s Coming Again
Fast-forward to 2016 and I had believed in the Lord Jesus for thirteen years. In September, I came back home from another place. On my arrival, my wife told me happily, “The Lord Jesus has come back. He is incarnate. Almighty God ends the Age of Grace and ushers in the Age of Kingdom, and expresses words and is doing the work of judgment beginning with God’s family to purify and save man.” Her words surprised me: Almighty God expresses words to judge man? I have only heard of Jehovah and Jesus. I have never heard of Almighty God. I asked my wife with surprise and doubt: “Almighty God? How come I have never heard of Him? Who told you that the Lord Jesus had come back and was called Almighty God? Haven’t you taken the wrong way?” She said, “Almighty God is the returned Lord Jesus. Almighty God and the Lord Jesus are God’s names. In the Age of Law, God’s name is Jehovah. In the Age of Grace, God’s name is Jesus. In the Age of Kingdom, God’s name is Almighty God. Although God’s names and works differ in different ages, the three stages of work are done by one Spirit and one God. Almighty God is the name of the Almighty mentioned in Revelation many times. For example, ‘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’ (Revelation 1:8) and ‘And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunder, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigns’ (Revelation 19:6). These are the biblical basis. You can take an investigation.” It was a head-scratcher to me. I thought to myself: Why does my wife have such a new knowledge of the Bible in a few days? But the pastor often preached that in believing in the Lord, we should hold on to the name of the Lord Jesus. I believe in the Lord because His words comforted me and led me, making me out of the sufferings. It is the Lord Jesus who has saved me. I said to my wife at the drop of a hat, “It is the Lord Jesus who has saved me. We can’t betray Him and convert to Almighty God.” My wife asked me to read Almighty s and told me that I would understand it after reading them. But I refused.
Later, I worked out of town for a week again. After I went back home, my wife told me again that Almighty God and the Lord Jesus are one God. I was unwilling to hear, so I turned on the TV so as to change the topic. But she didn’t give up, patiently exhorted me to listen to Almighty God’s words and earnestly told me that Almighty God is not another God but the returned Lord Jesus we had been long yearning for. As I saw her devoted and thought of her words that the Bible prophesied that God’s name would be Almighty God, I sat down reluctantly. At that sight, my wife took out the book and read some words for me, “I was once known as Jehovah. I was also called the Messiah, and people once called Me Jesus the Savior because they loved and respected Me. But today I am not the Jehovah or Jesus that people knew in times past—I am the God who has returned in the last days, the God who shall bring the age to an end. I am the God Himself that rises up at the ends of the earth, replete with My entire disposition, and full of authority, honor and glory” (“The Savior Has Already Returned Upon a ‘White Cloud’” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
I Clung to the Name of the Lord Jesus and Was Unwilling to Accept God’s New Name
Before my wife finished reading those words, I suddenly thought of that I had believed in the Lord for thirteen years and it was the Lord Jesus who helped me and changed me and thus I should hold on to the name of the Lord Jesus and couldn’t betray the Lord. So, I interrupted her, “Stop reading them. I really can’t accept them. It is the Lord Jesus who comforted me and gave me the strength to face the suffering when I was most in need and thus I had the courage to live on. I can’t be ungrateful and betray the Lord. After I believed in the Lord, many friends abandoned me. They say that people in good health will not believe in the Lord and attack me by claiming that only the sick and the poor will believe in the Lord. However, regardless of how they see me, I feel from my heart that the Lord Jesus is the true God and is our Savior. And I’m also blessed by the Lord Jesus’ grace and moved by His words. Before I only knew to eat and drink and make merry and did something wrong. It is the Lord Jesus who has changed me. If I accept Almighty God, am I leaving the Lord Jesus? No. I can’t betray the Lord Jesus. And I don’t want to be rejected by my relatives and friends around me again. Besides, pastors and elders also said that, ‘Never stray from the Lord’s way. As long as we don’t leave the Lord, what we ask will be bestowed by the Lord.’” My wife wanted to continue, but I went away before she started as I was upset and couldn’t calm down.
The Dream Guided Me to Investigate Almighty God’s Work
In the following days, my wife repeatedly tried to persuade me that I should read Almighty God’s words and then I would know that Almighty God is the returned Lord Jesus. But I ignored it. One night, one and a half months later, I tossed and turned and couldn’t fall asleep. I thought about my wife’s exhortation in that period and the passage of words she read. I thought: The words she read are with authority and power. It seems to be the tone of God’s speaking. Except for God Himself, who dare to say that He was once called Jehovah? Who dare to say that He was once called Messiah? Isn’t it that the Lord Jesus has truly come back? I prayed to the Lord silently, “O Lord! Is Almighty God Your coming again? O Lord! May You enlighten me! I’ll follow You and I don’t want to betray You.” Against all expectations, God’s special grace fell upon me. At night when I was sleeping, a voice said to me in my dream, “I’m the God you are worshiping. You should follow My way.” In the next morning when I got up, this word clearly appeared in my mind. I realized that it was God’s confirmation to me. I decided to investigate carefully whether Almighty God is the returned Lord Jesus. But when my wife asked me whether I wanted to fellowship with Sister Zhang Jie in the Church of Almighty God, I was ashamed to say yes. I thought: I was so stubborn in the beginning and even told my wife to believe in her Almighty God and I believe in my Lord Jesus. It is embarrassing to tell her that I want investigation. My wife appeared to know my thought. She said, “I made an appointment with Sister Zheng Jie to have a fellowship at 9 p.m. Do come to join us.” I nodded. That caused me to think of the Lord Jesus’ word “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7).
After we were online, I asked Sister Zhang, “Am I betraying the Lord Jesus if I believe in Almighty God?” She answered, “Brother, when we believe in Almighty God, we’re not betraying the Lord Jesus but following the Lamb’s footsteps. This is obeying God and is approved by God. This is the same as when the Lord Jesus came. If people walked out of their notions and accepted the new work of the Lord Jesus, they would be caught up to God’s throne and follow the Lamb’s footsteps. Only those who accepted the Lord Jesus were approved by God. Those who held on to Jehovah’s name and were unwilling to accept the Lord Jesus were eliminated by God’s work. At that time, as the coming of the Lord Jesus was not in line with Pharisees’ conceptions, they clung to the name of Messiah and condemned the Lord Jesus and suffered God’s punishment. We can’t follow in Pharisees’ footsteps. Let’s read two passages of Almighty God’s words.”
Almighty God says, “The work done at present has pushed forward the work of the Age of Grace; that is, the work in the entire six-thousand-year management plan has moved forward. Though the Age of Grace has ended, the work of God has progressed further. Why do I say time and again that this stage of work builds upon the Age of Grace and the Age of Law? This means that the work of this day is a continuation of the work done in the Age of Grace and an uplifting of that done in the Age of Law. The three stages are closely interconnected and linked one to the next. Why do I also say that this stage of work builds on that done by Jesus? If this stage did not build on the work done by Jesus, then in this stage the crucifixion, the work of redemption done previously, would still need to be carried out. This would be meaningless. Therefore, it is not that the work has completely finished, but that the age has moved forward, and the work has become even higher than before. It could be said that this stage of work is built on the foundation of the Age of Law and the rock of the work of Jesus. The work is built stage by stage, and this stage is not a new beginning. Only the combination of the three stages of work can be deemed the six-thousand-year management plan” (“The Two Incarnations Complete the Significance of the Incarnation” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
“From the work of Jehovah to that of Jesus, and from the work of Jesus to that of this current stage, these three stages cover the entire breadth of God’s management, and are all the work of one Spirit. From when He created the world, God has always been managing mankind. He is the Beginning and the End, He is the First and the Last, and He is the One who begins an age and the One who brings the age to an end. The three stages of work, in different ages and different locations, are surely carried out by one Spirit. All those who separate these three stages oppose God. Now, you must understand that all the work from the first stage until today is the work of one God, the work of one Spirit, of which there is no doubt” (“The Vision of God’s Work (3)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
After reading God’s words, Sister Zhang went on, “God bestowed the law upon man under the name of Jehovah, led man to keep the laws and commandments on earth and to learn to serve and worship God. Later, man was corrupted by Satan and became more and more fallen, couldn’t keep the laws and should be condemned to death according to the laws. Thus, God was incarnated and did the work of redeeming mankind under the name of the Lord Jesus. As long as man came before the Lord to confess and repent, their sins would be forgiven and God would not remember their sins. Although their sins were forgiven, their satanic sinful nature wasn’t removed. So, they continued sinning. In the last days, God is incarnated again and does the work of judgment and chastisement with the word under the name of Almighty God. So that man’s sinful nature will be thoroughly removed, they can break away from Satan’s influence, will no longer commit sins, will be purified and saved by God. This shows us that Jehovah, the Lord Jesus, and Almighty God are indeed one God. It is only that in the Age of Law, God used Moses to work and in the Age of Grace and the Age of Kingdom, God is incarnated to work. Regardless of the changes in God’s name and His work as well as His way of working, God is still that God, is the Creator. So, to accept Almighty God’s work in the last days is not to betray the Lord Jesus but follow God’s new work. This is the same as when the Lord Jesus did the redemptive work, the Lord’s disciples were not betraying Jehovah when they turned to believe in Him. On the contrary, those priests, scribes, and Pharisees who held on to the name of Jehovah and refused to accept the Lord Jesus’ redemptive work were the ones who betrayed God. Similarly, today God does the new work. If we cling to the name of the Lord Jesus but fail to accept God’s work in the last days, we’re ones of betraying God like Pharisees….”