In the Age of Law, God took the name Yahweh; in the Age of Grace, He took the name Jesus, and the Book of Revelation prophesied that God would have yet another new name. Why does God change names? I nearly shut the door on the’ return because I didn’t understand this aspect of the truth. But in the end, after a period of seeking and investigating, I finally understood the mysteries behind and welcomed the return of the Lord Jesus.
In September 2017, a friend of mine invited a Brother Yang to share a sermon with us. That day, I went to the appointed place ahead of time, and after everyone exchanged greetings, we began our Bible study.
Brother Yang gave us fellowship on God’s work of salvation for mankind, integrating. He talked about Yahweh’s work in the Age of Law, the Lord Jesus’ work of crucifixion in the Age of Grace, and then the prophecies in the Book of Revelation that God would open the scroll and seven seals in the last days. It was also prophesied in Revelation that God would speak to all the churches and that all those with ears should hear. Whether they are Christians, Catholics, or Eastern Orthodox, they should all be wise virgins and heed the voice of God so that they may welcome the return of the Lord Jesus. Brother Yang’s sermon was well-reasoned and full of light; it was really beneficial for me. I had believed in God for decades, but I had never heard anyone explain God’s work of saving mankind so clearly. I felt very happy and longed to keep listening to Brother Yang.
After lunch, Brother Yang smiled and said, “The Bible says in 1 Peter 4:17: ‘For the time is, that judgment should begin at the house of God.’ It is clear from this that when God returns in the last days, He is to do a step of the work of judgment and purification, to classify all people according to their kind, and in the end those who are cleansed of their satanic dispositions will enter the kingdom of heaven. The Lord Jesus has already returned and done the work of judgment beginning with the house of God and the scroll prophesied in the Book of Revelation has been opened. Sister, would you like to read the words uttered by God in the last days?”
“Hm? The Lord has returned? The scroll has been opened?” I was very surprised to hear Brother Yang say this. Thinking of the mysterious sheepskin scroll of legends opened, covered with words on both sides, I felt incredibly excited. Brother Yang handed a book to me, and as I took it I asked, “This is the scroll opened by God?” I couldn’t wait to open it, but as soon as I paged to the back of the book and saw the words “PUBLISHED BY THE CHURCH OF” I was stunned. I thought, “Could Brother Yang really be a member of The Church of Almighty God?” I felt a touch of displeasure and thought: “I’ve heard that the God members of The Church of Almighty God believe in is called Almighty God, but the God that I’m waiting for is named Jesus. How could He be called Almighty God? No, I need to give this more thought.” I then said: “I’m sorry, I need to watch the store tonight. That’s all for today.” Brother Yang saw that I was getting up to leave and advised me: “Sister, we must listen carefully to the words uttered by God. If you have any questions, we can seek and pray together.” He also said that God’s sheep listen to His voice and asked me to pray and seek more to gain God’s guidance.
Over the next few days, every time I thought of Brother Yang’s fellowship from that day there was a nonstop battle in my heart. “Brother Yang’s fellowship really did possess light and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. If Almighty God is the Lord Jesus returned, if I don’t listen isn’t it shutting the door on God? But it’s very clear that God’s name is Jesus, so how could He be called Almighty God?” The more I thought about it the more conflicted I was. I didn’t know if I should continue seeking or not. I later thought of the chief priests, scribes, and Pharisees of the Age of Law, who had served God for their entire lives and were always calling out the name of Yahweh, but when the Lord Jesus did come among mankind to work, they clung to their own notions, believing that anyone who wasn’t called Messiah was not God. They thus resisted and condemned the Lord Jesus and nailed Him to the cross. I should learn from the bitter lessons of failure of those who came before—I can’t walk down the same wrong path that they did!
Two days later, Brother Yang, Sister Zhang, and my church friend Ms. Fang came to see me in the store. Ms. Fang then shared her experience of how she was rebellious and resistant, and then gained certainty on Almighty God’s work of the last days. I was very moved and was willing to continue to discuss the Lord’s return with them.
I then opened up and shared the confusion within me. “I’ve believed in the Lord along with my mother since I was little. I’ve prayed to the name of the Lord Jesus for half my life and I’ve enjoyed many blessings from the Lord. The Lord is clearly named Jesus, but now you say that the Lord is uttering words under the name of Almighty God. What is this about? If I accept the name of Almighty God isn’t that betraying the Lord Jesus?”
Brother Yang calmly replied: “Sister, it’s perfectly normal for us to be unable to immediately accept that the Lord is doing new work under the name Almighty God. This is caused by our lack of clarity on the aspect of the truth related to God’s name. Let’s think about it: In the Age of Law, God’s name was Yahweh, but then His name changed to Jesus in the Age of Grace. Is accepting the name of Jesus betraying the God Yahweh?”
I was taken aback by Brother Yang’s words, and said quickly: “Of course not. The Lord Jesus and Yahweh are the same God.”
Brother Yang smiled and said: “Sister, since Yahweh and Jesus are the same God, why did Yahweh change His name to Jesus? After praying to the Lord for decades, do we know why He’s called Jesus? Do we know the mystery behind God’s name?”
I didn’t say anything, but thought to myself: “Where can I learn about this mystery?”
Seeing that I wasn’t saying anything, Brother Yang took out his phone and found two passages of Almightyfor me to read.
I read these words of Almighty God: “Why is it that Jehovah and Jesus are one, yet They are called by different names in different ages? Is it not because the ages of Their work are different? Could a single name represent God in His entirety? This being so, God must be called by a different name in a different age, and must use the name to change the age and to represent the age. For no one name can fully represent God Himself, and each name is able only to represent the temporal aspect of God’s disposition in a given age; all it needs to do is to represent His work. Therefore, God can choose whatever name befits His disposition to represent the entire age” (“The Vision of God’s Work (3)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). “‘Jehovah’ is the name that I took during My work in Israel, and it means the God of the Israelites (God’s chosen people) who can take pity on man, curse man, and guide the life of man. It means the God who possesses great power and is full of wisdom. ‘Jesus’ is Emmanuel, and it means the sin offering that is full of love, full of compassion, and redeems man. He did the work of the Age of Grace, and represents the Age of Grace, and can only represent one part of the management plan. … In each age and each stage of work, My name is not baseless, but holds representative significance: Each name represents one age” (“The Savior Has Already Returned Upon a ‘White Cloud’” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
Brother Yang said, “From Almighty God’s words we see that the name God is called by in each age is always meaningful; they represent the work God does and the disposition God expresses in that age. We all know that earliest mankind knew nothing; they didn’t know how to live, how to interact with others, and how to worship God and let God be exalted. Then, in the name Yahweh, God started His work in the Age of Law in accordance with mankind’s needs. The disposition He expressed was that of mercy, curse, majesty and wrath. God used Moses to proclaim His laws and commandments, and so that they knew that God created the heavens, the earth, and all things, how they ought to make sacrifices and worship God, what is good and what is evil, and so on. Those who broke the law would be stoned to death, or burned by heavenly fire, while those who complied with the law would gain God’s mercy and blessings. God standardized their behavior and guided them in having a life that was possessed of order and regularity. During the later period of the Age of Law, mankind became more and more deeply corrupted by Satan, and they were incapable of keeping the laws and commandments, so they all faced the danger of being executed by the law. Only when God became flesh to serve as a sin offering for man and bore the sins of man could man be qualified to come before God. Therefore God did a stage of work of redeeming mankind with the name Jesus, expressed a disposition of mercy and love, brought the way of
After listening to Almighty God’s word and Brother Yang’s fellowship, I suddenly realized: “So the name God takes is based on the requirements of His work and the needs of us corrupt mankind! No matter what name He takes in what age, they all represent His work and disposition in that age and they are all meaningful. I’ve believed in the Lord all these years and have been praying to the Lord every single day, but I never knew what deep significance there was in His name. And in the past I never understood why Yahweh’s disposition was so majestic in the Age of Law, why those who violated the law were incinerated and damned, but the Lord Jesus was full of mercy and love for people and said to forgive seventy times seven times. It turns out it’s because the work was different and the dispositions God expressed were also different. This contains God’s kind intentions to save mankind!”