Do you know how to listen to God’s voice and welcome the Lord?
By Li Qiang
My name is Li Qiang. I’m 36 years old. In August of 2004, I believed in the. When I knew that the Lord suffered a lot for saving mankind and that He was crucified to bear the sins of us, I was deeply moved by the Lord’s love and resolved to follow Him all my life. Thereafter, I was zealous in my pursuit, studied hard, actively attended Bible study groups, prayer groups, choir groups and Paul’s growth group. In the meetings, I often heard the pastors and elders taught us, “The Bible says, ‘All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness’ (2 Timothy 3:16). So, the Bible is the only standard for our belief and life. All of God’s work and word are in the Bible. Any belief apart from the Bible is a heresy. Now there is a denomination called Eastern Lightning. They preach everywhere that the Lord Jesus has already returned and that He has come into the flesh, done a stage of new work and expressed many truths. This saying is not in accordance with the Bible. God’s work and word are all recorded in the Bible. We should according to the Bible. The Lord will never do new work and express new word outside the Bible. We believe in God only through the Bible!” Hearing their words, I thought: I have read the Bible every day since I believed in the Lord. I understand many wonderful and wise deeds of God from the Bible, and this finally made me filled with confidence in Him. The Bible is indeed the only standard for our belief and life. The pastors and elders preached about guarding against Eastern Lightning almost in every meeting. I thought: Maybe Eastern Lightning goes against the Bible. Otherwise, why do the pastors and elders never forget to talk about it at every gathering? From then on, the teaching of the pastors took root in the deepest depths of my heart. In the past decade, no matter who told me that the Lord Jesus has returned or told me any other preachings, I all thought: Any belief departing from the Bible is a heresy and is unbelievable. I must hold on to the Lord’s way.
From 2012, I suddenly found that brothers and sisters were weak in spirit, cold in faith, and the meeting attendance gradually dropped off. Originally, the church which could contain three thousand people in the meeting were full, but now there were only several hundred people. The whole church was empty. During the small group meetings, some sold insurance, some did direct sale, some sold cosmetics and some introduced boyfriends or girlfriends. Faced with such plight, I felt pain in my heart. I often prayed to the Lord to purify and revive the church. I didn’t understand why the church became like this, so I decided to go to other churches and have a look. From 2012 to early 2015, I went to over ten churches. After I visited all of them, I found that they didn’t have the work of the Holy Spirit, which was just the same as my church. In the meetings, the preachers gave sermons about offerings, calling the believers for donation, or talked about how to resist Eastern Lightning, and it seemed as if they had nothing to preach about except those. Facing such conditions, I could only pray to the Lord, “Dear Lord Jesus, why do all the churches become like this? Where are you? When will you come back? O Lord! I long for your appearance.”
One day in March of 2015, Brother Wang, who went to other places to work, gave me a call in the early morning. He told me that he had already come back and asked me to go to his home to have a get-together at 7:00 pm. Moreover, he said he had something important to talk with me face to face. After agreeing to it, I was in turmoil. I thought: Brother Wang has believed in the Lord for a short time. In the past, it was I that invited him actively each time. But today, as soon as he came back, he invited me of his own accord and said that he had something important to tell me. What is the important thing? In recent years, I realize that many brothers and sisters have believed in Eastern Lightning in every church. Does Brother Wang also believe in Eastern Lightning? If so, I must bring him back.
At night, I went to Brother Wang’s home on time. He let me into the home warmly. After a short chat, he gave me a typescript. After taking it, I felt confused within: He said that he had something important to talk with me. Why does he speak nothing but just give me this typescript? Is what he will say all in it? Is it related to Eastern Lightning? Brother Wang looked at me and said earnestly, “These are truths about understanding God. They are very beneficial for us believing in and understanding God. You can have a look.” Seeing his earnest expression, I thought: If it is really related to Eastern Lightning, I will measure it according to the Bible. I took the typescript watchfully and prayed to God in my heart silently, asking God to quiet and safeguard my heart. Then, I calmed down and read what was written in it. With reading, I was attracted by the contents of the typescript unknowingly. I saw the following words, “Originally, God created a humanity that in His eyes was very good and close to Him, but they were destroyed by flood after rebelling against Him. Did it hurt God that such a humanity just instantly vanished like that? Of course it hurt! So what was His expression of this pain? How was it recorded in the Bible? It was recorded in the Bible as: ‘And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.’ This simple sentence reveals God’s thoughts. This destruction of the world pained Him very much. In man’s words, He was very sad. We can imagine: How did the earth that was once full of life look like after being destroyed by the flood? How did the earth that was once full of human beings look like now? No human habitation, no living creatures, water everywhere and an absolute mess on the surface of the water. Was such a scene God’s original intention when He created the world? Of course not! God’s original intention was to see life all across the land, to see the human beings He created worshiping Him, not just for Noah to be the only one worshiping Him or the only one who could answer His call to complete what he was entrusted. When humanity disappeared, God saw not what He had originally intended but the complete opposite. How could His heart not be in pain? So when He was revealing His disposition and expressing His emotions, God made a decision. What kind of a decision did He make? To make a bow in the cloud (note: the rainbow that we see) as a covenant with man, a promise that God would not destroy mankind with a flood again. At the same time, it was also to tell people that God had once destroyed the world with a flood, to let mankind forever remember why God did such a thing.
Was the destruction of the world this time something God wanted? It was definitely not what God wanted. We might be able to imagine a small part of the pitiful sight of the earth after the destruction of the world, but we cannot come close to imagining what the scene was like at the time in God’s eyes. We can say that, whether it is the people of now or then, nobody is able to imagine or appreciate what God was feeling when He saw that scene, that image of the world following its destruction by flood. God was forced to do this due to man’s disobedience, but the pain suffered by God’s heart from this destruction of the world by flood is a reality no one can fathom or appreciate. That’s why God made a covenant with mankind, which was to tell people to remember that God once did something like this, and to swear to them that God would never destroy the world in such a way again. In this covenant we see God’s heart—we see that God’s heart was in pain when He destroyed this humanity. In the language of man, when God destroyed mankind and saw mankind disappearing, His heart was weeping and bleeding. … From that point, God placed all of His expectations of humanity on Noah’s family, hoping they could live under His blessings and not His curse, hoping that they would never see God destroy the world with a flood again, and also hoping that they would not be destroyed” (“God’s Work, God’s Disposition, and God Himself I”). After reading these words, I seemed to have felt God’s sorrow and pain for the mankind who was destroyed by flood due to their corruption and decadence, feel God’s expectations of mankind and understand His mercy and care for mankind. In the past, I only knew that the mankind in Noah’s day was evil and licentious and the earth was filled with violence. God had Noah build the ark, giving people of that time 120 years to repent. But their hearts were hard, and they refused to repent, so God destroyed them by flood. As for what God’s mood was after He destroyed the world by flood, I didn’t know it at all. I became curious about these words immediately and thought: Where do these words come from? They are something that I have never heard before in the church and they are also the light which I can’t understand when reading the Bible. I read all the words without a break. Seeing me finish reading, Brother Wang asked me with a smile, “What do you think about the fellowship of the truth in this typescript?” I replied, “I have believed in the Lord for years, but I have never found any one who can fellowship God’s thoughts and ideas which lie behind the things He did in such detail. These words are indeed very helpful for people to know God and understand His will. They are wonderful!” Hearing what I said, Brother Wang gave me some other typescripts with a smile and said, “If you think they are good, there are still some, you can take them home and have a good look. Three days later, please come here again. I’ll show you a movie related to disclosing the mystery about the Bible.” After hearing his words, I took the typescripts from his hands, putting them into my bag carefully and then went downstairs.
On my way home, I thought: The contents of the first typescript given by Brother Wang don’t go against the Bible, and instead, they have more details than the Bible, which can make me understandmore clearly. But then I thought: Where do these words come from? Do the words in the other typescripts he gave me just now go against the Bible? He asked me to watch the movie concerning disclosing the mystery about the Bible several days later. What will it talk about? Nevertheless, I haven’t watched it now, so I can’t guess wildly. I’d better watch it first. In the following two days, I checked the verses in the typescripts with the Bible carefully. After I made sure that they were all the same, I began to read them at ease. The more I read them, the more I felt the words written in them were great. They couldn’t be said by man. They were completely from the Holy Spirit. I had great enjoyment and was supplied in spirit. After I finished reading them, I longed for watching the movie concerning disclosing the mystery about the Bible mentioned by Brother Wang. I was very curious about how to disclose the mystery about the Bible in the movie. These typescripts were so wonderful, making me understand many things which I couldn’t know by reading the Bible before. I thought the movie would surely benefit me a lot.