Do you know how to listen to God’s voice and welcome the Lord?
By Chen Hui
The breeze of spring gently blew. Zhong Hui sat at her desk holding, deep in thought: “Nowadays disasters are growing ever worse, the world is in a state of constant upheaval and turmoil with wars on the rise, and the four blood moons have already appeared—many of the prophecies about the Lord’s return have been fulfilled. It seems that the Lord’s day is upon us. Yet not only haven’t I received the Lord, but my spirit is becoming ever darker and the church is growing more and more desolate.” Thinking of this, she became even more anxious, so she prayed earnestly to the Lord …
One day, Zhong Hui heard someone knocking at the door and she hastily went to open it. It turned out to be Sister Wang, whom she hadn’t seen in years. “Sister Wang?” asked Zhong Hui in surprise. “When did you come to Hong Kong?”
Smilingly, Sister Wang replied, “I moved here two years ago with my husband. A couple of days ago, I heard from Sister Zhang that you had also come here from the inland, so I came to visit you today.” They talked and talked, and soon came around to the topic of the return of the Lord.
Sister Wang said excitedly, “Sister Zhong, today I came here to tell you some good news. Thewhom we have longed for for so long has returned as the incarnated Almighty God. He is expressing the truth and performing a stage of work of judging and purifying people in China. This just fulfills what is written in the Bible: ‘Judgment must begin at the house of God’ (1 Peter 4:17). Now the kingdom gospel has already spread to many nations of the world. You can visit The Church of Almighty God’s website to seek and investigate.”
Zhong Hui was shocked by this news. She immediately turned on her computer and found there was actually the website of The Church of Almighty God. They then watched the musical Every Nation Worships the Practical God produced by The Church of Almighty God together, and as she saw all the brothers and sisters praising and worshiping God, Zhong Hui felt incomparable excitement. The bridegroom has come? The Lord Jesus has really returned?
But when she thought of what Sister Wang said, that God was doing His work of the last days in China, Zhong Hui felt it inconceivable. Confused, she asked, “How could the Lord Jesus come back in China to do His work? Only the Israelites are God’s chosen people, and both Jehovah God and the Lord Jesus performed their work in Israel, so the Lord’s return in the last days should also be in Israel. Besides, it was long ago prophesied in the Bible: ‘And His feet shall stand in that day on the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall split in the middle thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south’ (Zechariah 14:4). Based on this verse, when the Lord Jesus comes back, He should descend on Israel’s Mount of Olives. He cannot come to China!”
Sister Wang replied calmly, “There are mysteries hidden within the prophecies, so we cannot rely on our notions or the literal meaning of the scriptures to understand them. Only when the prophecies are fulfilled and accomplished through the facts of God’s work can we understand the true meaning of them. When the Lord Jesus came to do His work, for example, this was actually the fulfillment of the prophecies in Scriptures, but the Pharisees relied on their own will and imaginings as well as the literal meaning of the prophecies to delimit God, believing that when God came His name would be Messiah and He would be born of a virgin. As a result, when they saw that the Lord Jesus wasn’t called Messiah and that He had a mother and a father, they didn’t admit that the Lord Jesus was God, and even condemned and blasphemed Him, and in the end nailed Him to the cross, ending up being cursed by God. Today, in the great matter of the Lord’s return, we should learn a lesson from the Pharisees, seek and investigate more, and not blindly pass judgment.
“In fact, the Bible does have prophecies about God doing His work in China in the last days. For example, ‘Who raised up the righteous man from the east, called him to His foot, gave the nations before him, and made him rule over kings?’ (Isaiah 41:2). ‘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). ‘For from the rising of the sun even to the going down of the same My name shall be great among the Gentiles; … said Jehovah of hosts’ (Malachi 1:11). These verses clearly tell us that the Son of man will descend in the East when He returns. We all know that the sun rises in the east, and that China is the East of the world and also an atheist nation. Therefore, God doing His work of the last days in China just fulfills His prophecy that ‘My name shall be great among the Gentiles.’”
Zhong Hui paged through the Bible as she listened to Sister Wang’s fellowship, and she thought: “What the sister said is very reasonable. We cannot only rely on the literal interpretations of the Bible to welcome the Lord, but should also look at the fact of God’s work. The Bible indeed says the coming of the Son of man is in the East and that
Sister Wang continued, “God is the Lord of creation. He is not the God of the Israelites only, but also the God of Gentiles, and the whole of mankind is His creation. Therefore, both the Israelites and Gentiles are the object of God’s salvation. Let’s read two passages of Almightytogether.
“God’s words say: ‘When the Savior arrives during the last days, if He were still called Jesus, and were once again born in Judea, and did His work in Judea, then this would prove that I only created the people of Israel and only redeemed the people of Israel, and that I have nothing to do with the Gentiles. Would this not contradict My words that “I am the Lord who created the heavens and earth and all things”? I left Judea and do My work among the Gentiles because I am not merely the God of the people of Israel, but the God of all creatures. I appear among the Gentiles during the last days because I am not only Jehovah, the God of the people of Israel, but, moreover, because I am the Creator of all My chosen ones among the Gentiles. I not only created Israel, Egypt, and Lebanon, but also created all the Gentile nations beyond Israel. And because of this, I am the Lord of all creatures. I merely used Israel as the starting point for My work, employed Judea and Galilee as the strongholds of My work of redemption, and use the Gentile nations as the base from which I will bring the entire age to an end.’
“‘It is so that, in this final era, My name may be magnified among the Gentile nations, so that My deeds may be seen by the Gentiles and they will call Me the Almighty on account of My deeds, and so that My words may soon come to pass. I will make all people know that I am not only the God of the Israelites, but also the God of all the nations of the Gentiles, even those that I have cursed. I will let all people see that I am the God of all creation. This is My greatest work, the purpose of My work plan for the last days, and the only work to be fulfilled in the last days.’
“God’s words make it clear. God not only created the Israelites, He also created the Gentiles. He is not only God of the Israelites, but also God of the Gentiles, God of all created beings. Israel is the birthplace of God’s work, where God carried out His work, and He then did the work of redemption in Judea and Galilee, but in the last days, God has chosen a Gentile nation to perform the work of concluding the age. From this we can see that God choosing different places to do His work contains His wisdom, that is, He wants to prevent us from forming the notions that ‘God is just God of the Israelites,’ or ‘God can only do work in Israel.’ In our minds we think that God is God of the Israelites, not God of the Gentiles, because He did His two stages of the work of the Age of Law and the Age of Grace in Israel. This is our delineation about God. If, in the last days, God is still working in Israel according to our notions, then the prophecies about God’s name being magnified among Gentile nations won’t be able to come to pass, and moreover, the Israelites will even more think that God is only their God and the Gentiles will think that God is not their God. Wouldn’t that be denying the fact that ‘God is the God of all creation’? God is the God of all mankind. He not only created the Israelites, but also created people in all other nations. Both the Israelites and the Gentiles are the descendants of Adam and Eve, and God treats them equally. As long as we are willing to seek the truth, God won’t give up salvation on us because of our identity as Gentiles or cursed people. Instead, God does the utmost to save people, which is decided by His righteous disposition. This time God chooses to do work in China, which just fulfills what Jehovah God said that ‘My name shall be great among the Gentiles,’ allowing all people to know that God is the God of all creation, so that all of the created beings will come to worship God, submit before Him and exalt His name. This is the plan God shall accomplish in the last days.”
Zhong Hui suddenly had a realization and said, “That’s right! Just because the first two stages of God’s work were done in Israel, I believed that God only likes Israelites and doesn’t like Gentiles. If, in the last days, God again carried out His work in Israel, I really would think that God is just God of the Israelites, not God of Gentiles, and that God only saves the Israelites while cursing the Gentiles forever. This way, I would delimit God’s work and not be able to see God’s righteous and good substance. God not working in Israel in the last days is to tell us that God is the God of all mankind. This is so meaningful!”
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