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By Zhang Ying
We believers in the Lord all know that only God has the way of. The said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). In the Book of Revelation, it was also said that: “a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bore twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God gives them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever” (Revelation 22:1-5). Eternal life means to live forever, to never taste death. From these verses, we can see that only God has eternal life, only God is the source of life of us human beings, and only God has the way of eternal life. If we find God, we find the source of life, and only then will we truly gain the way of eternal life and never be afraid of the threat of death.
From, I know that in the beginning when God created Adam and Eve, He didn’t limit how long they could live. He just gave the command to them: “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die” (Genesis 2:17). At that time, as long as man obeyed the words of God and did not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he would never die. But due to Satan’s temptation, Adam and Eve defied God’s words and ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. As a result, they were cursed by God. God said to Adam: “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree, of which I commanded you, saying, You shall not eat of it.… In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, till you return to the ground; for out of it were you taken: for dust you are, and to dust shall you return” (Genesis 3:17, 19). In this way, Adam and Eve lost eternal life because they had sinned and then death began to come upon mankind. Thus it can be seen that the mankind of the very beginning were immortal, but they lost eternal life after sinning. It is Just as the Romans chapter 6, verse 23 says: “For the wages of sin is death.” After we humans committed sins, we lost God’s glory, lived under Satan’s domain and were bound by sin, and what we humans lived out was the image of Satan. Eventually, we humans would die because of our grievous sins. But because God loves us humans and could not bear to see humans created by His own hands die in sins, He started His work of saving humans, in order that we humans can completely escape from sin and be purified, thereby gaining God’s salvation and being qualified to inherit God’s promise—eternal life.
So as to make us mankind break away from sin and receive eternal life, God first did a stage of work of issuing laws and guiding the lives of people. He used Moses to issue commandments, laws and decrees, making the people of the time know how to live on the earth, how to worship Jehovah God, what sin was, and what sacrifices people should offer when they committed sins as well as how to observe the Sabbath, and so on. This was the first stage of work God had done to save us mankind. God’s work in the Age of Law made us humans know what sin was, but since we humans were too deeply corrupted by Satan, we humans still couldn’t get rid of sins at all. At the end of the Age of Law, people were confronted with the hopeless situations of being stoned to death and burned by the fires of heaven. For this reason, God did a stage of work of the Age of Grace upon the foundation of the work of the Age of Law. God personally became incarnate and His innocent and holy body was crucified to bear the sins of us humans. He became the eternal sin offering of us, and as long as we believe in the Lord Jesus and repent and admit our sins to Him, our sins can be forgiven and we can escape from the danger of being executed for violating the law. This is the fruit borne of the redemption work of the Lord Jesus. The Lord Jesus said, “Whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). This is the promise God gives us. But because we still have corrupt dispositions, and have not yet broken the bondage and control of sin or gotten purified, still living in a vicious cycle of committing sins in the day and confessing at night, thus, we still cannot receive eternal life from God. So, we need to continue to follow God and experience His work. Only when our satanic corrupt dispositions have been purified and transformed can we gain eternal life. The Bible prophesies, “a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb” (Revelation 22:1). From this verse, we can see that the river of water of life is flowing from the throne of the Lamb. It means that in the last days, God will bestow the way of life upon man. Which is to say that God will do a stage of work to completely save us from the bonds and control of sin, and only when we gain the living water of life flowing from the Lamb’s throne do we truly gain the eternal life.
It is prophesied in the Revelation: “And he said to me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to him that is thirsty of the fountain of the water of life freely” (Revelation 21:6). “For the Lamb which is in the middle of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them to living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes” (Revelation 7:17). “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (Revelation 2:29). The Lord Jesus said: “But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14). We can see from these verses that God is the beginning and the end, and that in order to more completely save and cleanse us humans, in the last days the Holy Spirit will speak and utter His voice to the churches to shepherd and supply God’s people. If we can seek and accept the supply of God’s living water of life and gain the truth God expresses as our life, we will obtain eternal life. For God is the truth, the way and the life and only He can supply us with life. When we are purified and gain the way of eternal life God bestows on us, no matter what disasters befall us, we will not die. That is to say, those who gain the truth are those who truly gain eternal life.
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Zheng Xun Now it is the end of the last days. Many brothers and sisters, who truly believe in the Lord and wait for Him coming back, must have such questions: The Lord Jesus has said, “And, behold, I come quickly” (Revelation 22:12). He has promised us to return. Has He come back yet? How can we know whether He has returned or not? Quick Navigation 1. The Love of Believers Becomes Cold 2.The Occurrence of Wars, Famines and Earthquakes 3. The return of Israel 4. The Powers of the Heavens Have Been Shaken 5. The Gospel Has Been Preached to the Ends of the Earth 6. The Emergence of Heresies 7. The Appearance of False Christs and Antichrists Editor's Note 1. The Love of Believers Becomes Cold Matthew 24:12 records: “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” Nowadays, in the denominations and sects, believers covet the world in general, and few devote themselves to working for the Lord. Some of them are engaged in business, some are busy with making money by opening factories. Moreover, the pastors and elders scheme against one another, have jealous disputes with each other. They even form factions, steal offerings, and commit adultery. Therefore, the followers become colder and colder in their faith and love and churches get more desolate now. 2.The Occurrence of Wars, Famines and Earthquakes The Bible says: “And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that you be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows” (Matthew 24:6-8). In recent years, the disasters are getting worse and worse all over the world. It is horrifying that the earthquakes, floods, droughts, fires, famines and plagues have occurred frequently and spread everywhere. The situation of the world is constantly changing and turbulent; the wars, violence and terrorist attacks take place frequently and escalate unceasingly. For example, in April 2016, India suffered from the worst drought in the past 40 years, leading to over 300,000,000 people grappling with a shortage of drinking water. From 2015 to 2016, there were a series of terrorist attacks in Europe, Africa and the Middle East and so on, which led to countless casualties. In 2008, an 8.0-magnitude earthquake occurred in Wenchuan County, Sichuan Province, China, and nearly 70,000 people died and nearly 18,000 missing. According to the natural phenomenon, as the crust of the earth thickens, the earthquakes should have been fewer and fewer. But now the earthquakes occur more often, which puzzles scientists. 3. The return of Israel Matthew 24:32-33 says: “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near: So likewise you, when you shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.” Luke 21:29-32 records: “And he spoke to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, you see and know of your own selves that summer is now near at hand. So likewise you, when you see these things come to pass, know you that the kingdom of God is near at hand. Truly I say to you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.” In May 1948, Israel was recovered. Shortly after David Ben-Gurion announced the establishment of Israel at Tel Aviv on May 14, 1948, Soviet Union recognized it soon and set up an embassy thereon May 26, and later supported Israel in many ways. On May 11, 1949, Israel was accepted officially as a member of the United Nations with the support of Soviet Union and America. 4. The Powers of the Heavens Have Been Shaken Matthew 24:29 says: “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.” Astronomers frequently publish these news: Some new stars appears, while some are falling, meteor crash often happen. On Tuesday, May 17, 2016, the early morning sky briefly lit up with the brilliant flash of a fireball—that is, an extremely bright meteor—over much of eastern New England states. At 9:15 a.m. of February 15, 2013, Chelyabinsk, Urals Federal region, Russia, suffered the strike of an asteroid, and a huge shock wave and explosion caused 1,491 people injured and plenty of glass broken. It was said by scientists that the diameter of the asteroid was about 15 meters and it weighed about 7,000 metric tons. These have fulfilled the prophecy “the stars shall fall from heaven.” 5. The Gospel Has Been Preached to the Ends of the Earth Matthew 24:14 records: “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness to all nations; and then shall the end come.” “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world” means when all nations have heard the gospel of the Lord, He will return (which doesn’t mean everyone has heard it or believed in Him.) After the Lord Jesus completed the redemptive work through His crucifixion, the Holy Spirit began to lead God’s chosen people to testify the Lord Jesus. By the radio stations, networks, books, gospel tracts, missionary work and so on, the gospel has been spread more and more widely and preached among all nations finally. Thus, the Christians have already be throughout the world. Even in China, which is ruled by an atheist party, many people have accepted the gospel of the Lord Jesus. Therefore, the gospel of the Lord Jesus’ redemption of mankind has spread to the ends of the universe. Dear brothers and sisters, just think about this: Is there any country or region in the world where people haven’t heard the gospel of the Lord Jesus? 6. The Emergence of Heresies Matthew 24:4-5 says: “And Jesus answered and said to them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” Now many heresies and evil cults occur in the religious world of every country. They have no truths at all, can’t supply believers with truth and life, much less bring people any edification or benefit. 7. The Appearance of False Christs and Antichrists Matthew 24:23-26 says: “Then if any man shall say to you, See, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; so that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Why if they shall say to you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.” As we know, now deception from false Christs occurs in every country. For example, in Korea, many are fooled into believing false Christs without discernment. All false Christs can do is to perform some simple signs and wonders and preach some paradoxical fallacies to deceive others. In addition, they can’t express the truth to solve man’s problem of committing sins and then confessing, nor can they save mankind from corruption. According to the prophecy of the Bible, when the Lord Jesus returns to do His work, many false Christs and deceivers will appear at the same time to imitate and disturb God’s work. And so, when the false Christs begin appearing, it means that God has already returned and He has arrived in secret. But the people just don't know about it. This is an opportunity for us to seek and to investigate God’s work in the last days. Brothers and sisters, for us to welcome the Lord Jesus’ return, we must know how to tell the true Christ from the false ones. This relates directly to our rapture before the throne of God. Then how to recognize the true Christ is the truth we need most right now. Can You Tell the True Christ From the False Ones? From the facts above, we can see it obviously that most of the biblical prophecies of the Lord’s return have come to pass, from which we know the Lord has already come back. But many people may ask: Since the Lord has come back, why haven’t we welcome Him? But have you ever thought about whether there are some deviations in welcoming the return of the Lord? Regarding the return of the Lord, many people take guarding against false Christs as their priority. They pay no attention to how to hear God’s voice like wise virgins or how to welcome the lord's return. Instead, they cling to their notions and imaginations, thinking anyone who witnesses the Lord Jesus’ return is false. Because they don’t seek or investigate, they will miss the chance to welcome the return of the Lord! Editor's Note If you want to welcome the Lord sooner, or have any confusions in welcoming His return, you’re welcome to contact us by clicking on the button at the bottom right corner of the screen. We are happy to talk with you. Recommended: Discernment Between the True Christ and False Ones I’m a Lucky Taiwanese Who Has Welcomed the Lord’s Second Coming What Should We do Now to be Raptured at the Lord’s Return?
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