Over time, I realized that the pastors’ and elders’ sermons always talked about the same old things—there was no new light in what they said and we, as believers, gained not even the slightest spiritual sustenance from their words. Some brothers and sisters lived in weakness—they never attended gatherings and no one bothered to help or support them. Some brothers and sisters would doze through sermons and then try to sell people merchandise and insurance after gatherings. Some people even helped political candidates campaign for office. I thought to myself, “Are you still a Christian if you believe in the Lord while only seeking personal profit and not pursuing advancement in your spiritual life? The pastors and elders don’t even try to stop these things from happening—is this in keeping with the Lord’s will and requirements?” The situation in the church made me angry and disappointed. Because I hadn’t received any spiritual provision for a long time, I felt spiritually impoverished and weak. What’s more, because I was busy with work and often worked overtime on weekends, I ended up not even bothering to attend gatherings. Only when I encountered some issue would I read my Bible and pray in the Lord’s name. I felt hopeless and aimless, lost and helpless.
In October of 2016, I met Brother Wang of The Church of Almighty God online. Brother Wang introduced me to Brother Jin and a few other brothers and sisters. Brother Jin’s fellowships helped me to understand many truths that I hadn’t understood before. His fellowship with regard to the truth of God’s incarnation was particularly practical and clear and I gained a great deal from it. I had believed in the Lord for many years, had studied the Bible, and had listened to countless sermons by spiritual personages, pastors and elders, but I had never heard anyone fellowship on this aspect of the truth so incisively and clearly. My spirit was watered, and the desire to seek arose within me. Thereafter, I often attended their online gatherings.
During one such gathering, Brother Jin fellowshiped saying, “In order to completely save humankind, God launched a six-thousand-year management plan, divided it into three different ages and He performs a new stage of work in each age. God’s name changes along with the different work He performs. In the Age of Law, for example, God performed His work under the name ‘Jehovah,’ proclaiming the laws and commandments, and leading the early Israelites in their life on earth. However, once God had finished His work in the Age of Law and begun His work of redemption in the Age of Grace, His name changed from ‘Jehovah’ to ‘Jesus.’ Now we are in the last days, and God is performing the work of judgment beginning in the house of God upon the foundation of Jesus’ work of redemption. He has concluded the Age of Grace, ushered in the Age of Kingdom and, in doing this, His name has changed to ‘Almighty God.’” When I heard Brother Jin say God’s name had changed, I thought to myself, “The Bible clearly states: ‘Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever’ (Hebrews 13:8). The Lord Jesus that I believe in is the one true God and the Lord Jesus’ name will never change. Only through the Lord Jesus’ name may we be saved—how could you say that God’s name has changed? If, in our prayers, we don’t call on the name Jesus, but use some other name, how can that still be in keeping with the Bible?” Brother Jin’s fellowship deeply challenged my beliefs. He made the following analogy, saying, “Sister Mu Zhen, if a company made you Planning Officer one year and Manager the next, then whether you were the Planning Officer or the Manager, the requirements of your work would dictate your title change. People would have called you Planning Officer Mu, but now they call you Manager Mu—despite the change in title and position, would you yourself have changed? Would you not still be you?” I replied, “I would still be me,” and didn’t raise any objections, but in my heart I still couldn’t accept what he was saying. I thought to myself, “God’s name can never change. Only by trusting in the Lord Jesus’ name may we be saved. You won’t convince me so easily. I’ll just ignore you all from now on and that will be that.” After the gathering was over, I blocked all the brothers and sisters of The Church of Almighty God in the chat app.
To my amazement, on the day after I had blocked all the brothers and sisters of The Church of Almighty God, at around 8 p.m. while I was washing the dishes in the kitchen, I suddenly heard my doorbell ring. I opened the door and before me stood two girls I had never seen before. One of the girls handed some information to me. I was initially very polite to the girls, but when I saw that the pamphlet the girl had handed to me read, “Christ’s Return—the Lord Jesus Has Returned With Clouds” in big letters, I suddenly realized that they were coming to preach the gospel. Because I believed at the time that the Lord Jesus’ name would never change, I was a little annoyed by the two girls and returned the pamphlet they had given me. They seemed a bit dejected and as they turned to leave, one of the sisters asked me, “Sister, are you unable to accept this news because you don’t believe in God or because you’re from another denomination? Have you ever carefully investigated and sought the truth?” No matter what the sisters said, I didn’t really want to give them any more of my time, so I just went back to washing my dishes in the kitchen. While I was washing the dishes, the sister’s question kept playing in my mind, “Have you ever carefully investigated and sought the truth?” I thought to myself, “I guess I really haven’t ever carefully sought the truth.” I thought back to how Brother Wang and the others had fellowshiped about God’s name changing and then I thought about how this had differed from my own understanding. But even when I hadn’t understood, I hadn’t had the desire to seek the truth, and had analyzed what he’d said using my knowledge of the Bible. I’d accepted those aspects of their fellowship that I agreed with, but had failed to seek or pay any mind to those aspects that I disagreed with. Only then did I realize that my knowledge of the Bible had caused me to lose my pureness and simplicity of heart. I had adopted a self-righteous attitude to the truth—how could I have considered myself someone who sincerely sought the truth?
When I had calmed down a bit, I remembered something that the brothers and sisters of The Church of Almighty God often fellowshiped: “God’s sheep listen to God’s voice—if we want to welcome the Lord’s return, we must listen for God’s voice, discern His voice and understand what is the truth.” The fellowship given by the brothers and sisters was in keeping with the Bible. The wise virgins had to listen for God’s voice, and hadn’t Peter of the Age of Grace been able to follow the Lord Jesus because he had heard God’s voice in the Lord’s words? Having realized this, I hurriedly took out my Bible and opened to the Book of Revelation chapter 3, verses 20–22, where it says, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me. To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne. He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” I carefully pondered this passage of Scripture and thought to myself, “God asks of us that whenever the Holy Spirit speaks, we must listen. I have now been lucky enough to hear of the Lord’s return and to have the opportunity to become acquainted with Almighty God’s work of the last days, so why am I still letting my notions hold me back? Why do I refuse to listen to any ideas that I don’t understand or that are at odds with my notions? Even if I can’t accept right away that God’s name has changed, I should at least seek and investigate this issue and make a decision once I have a fuller understanding!” I then came upon the following passage in Matthew chapter 7, verse 7: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.” “If God really has come knocking,” I thought, “and I, having been deceived by my own notions, close my ears and lock Him outside in my utter insensitivity and miss out on God’s salvation in the last days, wouldn’t that be a terrible shame?”
That night, I couldn’t get to sleep and kept replaying in my head all that had happened that evening. I thought to myself, “I’ve lived here for 18 years and this is the first time anyone has ever come to spread the gospel. That sister even asked me if I had ever carefully sought and investigated the truth—could it be that it was God’s plan for these two sisters whom I’d never met to come spread the gospel to me? Then when I was feeling restless after rejecting them and had read through the Bible for answers, God directed me to a passage about the Lord knocking on the door—was I wrong to turn them away? Is Almighty God really the returned Lord Jesus?” With these thoughts in my mind, I immediately got up out of bed and prayed to the Lord, asking for His guidance and enlightenment. After finishing my prayer, I opened my computer and navigated to the official website of The Church of Almighty God, which is called Gospel of the Descent of the Kingdom and looked up passages related to God’s name. I found this passage of Almighty God’s words: “Some say that the name of God does not change. Why, then, did the name of Jehovah become Jesus? It was prophesied that the Messiah would come, so why then did a man by the name of Jesus come? Why did the name of God change? Was such work not carried out long ago? Is God unable to do newer work today? The work of yesterday can be altered, and the work of Jesus can follow on from that of Jehovah. Cannot, then, the work of Jesus be succeeded by other work? If the name of Jehovah can be changed to Jesus, then cannot the name of Jesus also be changed? None of this is odd; it is just that people are too simple-minded. God will always be God. No matter how His work changes, and regardless of how His name might change, His disposition and wisdom will never change. If you believe that God can only be called by the name of Jesus, then your knowledge is far too limited” (“How Can Man Who Has Delimited God in His Notions Receive the Revelations of God?” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). After reading this passage, I understood that God does a new work in every age and takes on a new name as His new work requires. I thought of how, in the Age of Law, God’s name was Jehovah, and under this name God led the Israelites. However, when the Lord Jesus came to do His work, had God’s name not changed from Jehovah to Jesus? Almighty God had now explained this issue with great clarity—who could have unfolded such mysteries if God had not come to express the truth? I had refused to seek and investigate the idea of God’s name changing because it hadn’t squared with my own views. If Almighty God really was the reappearance of the Lord Jesus, and I shut the Lord out even as He knocked on my door time after time, what a terrible shame it would be if I then missed out on the opportunity to welcome the Lord’s return. As such, I decided to carefully seek and investigate Almighty God’s work of the last days.
Later on, I unblocked the brothers and sisters of The Church of Almighty God and told them about the experience I had had that night. During a gathering, the brothers and sisters shared this passage of Scripture with me: “How think you? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, does he not leave the ninety and nine, and goes into the mountains, and seeks that which is gone astray?” (Matthew 18:12). The brothers and sisters said that I was just like that lost sheep and that God had gone looking for me and brought me back before Him. It was truly by God’s grace that, when I had gone astray, God guided me to unblock the brothers and sisters and continue attending gatherings. Thanks be to God for not abandoning me!
Just then, Sister Xiling asked me, “Sister Mu Zhen, why did you block everyone suddenly? Did you not understand some aspect of the truth?” I nodded, saying, “The Bible clearly says, ‘Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever’ (Hebrews 13:8). This proves that Jesus Christ is forever unchanging. Even when God returns in the last days, He should still go by the name Jesus—this name will never change. Yet Brother Jin fellowshiped saying that God’s name in the last days is Almighty God and I just can’t quite accept this. Ever since I was baptized, I’ve always prayed by calling on the Lord Jesus’ name, so how could I call Him by any other name?” When I had finished, Sister Xiling sent me the following passage of God’s words: “There are those who say that God is immutable. That is correct, but it refers to the immutability of God’s disposition and His essence. Changes in His name and work do not prove that His essence has altered; in other words, God will always be God, and this will never change. If you say that the work of God is unchanging, then would He be able to finish His six-thousand-year management plan? You only know that God is forever unchanging, but do you know that God is always new and never old? If the work of God is unchanging, then could He have led mankind all the way to the present day? If God is immutable, then why is it that He has already done the work of two ages? … The words ‘God is always new and never old’ refer to His work, and the words ‘God is immutable’ refer to what God inherently has and is. Regardless, you cannot make the work of six thousand years hinge upon a single point, or circumscribe it with dead words. Such is the stupidity of man. God is not as simple as man imagines, and His work cannot linger in any one age. Jehovah, for example, cannot always stand for the name of God; God can also do His work under the name of Jesus. This is a sign that God’s work is always progressing in a forward direction” (“The Vision of God’s Work (3)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
Sister Xiling then said, “Almighty God’s words explain this very clearly: When we say that ‘God is immutable,’ we are referring to His disposition and substance. This does not mean that God’s name never changes. God is always new and never old, God’s work is always moving forward, and His name must change to reflect the changes in His work. However, no matter how God’s name may change, God’s substance never changes—God is still God. And yet we don’t understand what ‘immutable’ really refers to and don’t see how God’s work is always new and never old, and so it’s very easy for us to delimit God’s work and even resist God based on our notions and imaginings. For example, the Pharisees clung to the notion that ‘Jehovah is the only God, there is no Savior but Jehovah.’ When God came to do His work with the name ‘Jesus,’ therefore, and the Pharisees saw that Jehovah’s name had changed but that He was not called ‘Messiah’ as the prophecies had foretold, they denied that the Lord Jesus was Christ, that He was God Himself, and they frantically condemned and resisted the Lord Jesus, until finally they colluded with the Roman authorities to nail the Lord Jesus to the cross. For this most egregious of sins, they suffered God’s punishment. Similarly, if we persist in blindly clinging to the Bible, and we cling to the notion that God’s name is unchanging, and deny God’s work of the last days, then will we be any different than the Pharisees, who claimed to believe in God but who took the path of resistance to God?”
Next, she asked me to read two other passages of God’s words: “In each age, God does new work and is called by a new name; how could He do the same work in different ages? How could He cling to the old? The name of Jesus was taken for the sake of the work of redemption, so would He still be called by the same name when He returns in the last days? Would He still be doing the work of redemption? 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 He 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). “Could the name of Jesus—‘God with us’—represent God’s disposition in its entirety? Could it fully articulate God? If man says that God can only be called Jesus and may not have any other name because God cannot change His disposition, these words are blasphemy indeed! Do you believe that the name Jesus, God with us, alone can represent God in His entirety? God may be called by many names, but among these many names, there is not one that is able to encapsulate all of God, not one that can fully represent God. And so, God has many names, but these many names cannot fully articulate God’s disposition, for God’s disposition is so rich that it simply exceeds man’s capacity to know Him. … One particular word or name does not have the capacity to represent God in His entirety, so do you think His name can be fixed? God is so great and so holy, yet you will not permit Him to change His name in each new age? Therefore, in every age in which God personally does His own work, He uses a name that befits the age in order to encapsulate the work that He intends to do. He uses this particular name, one that possesses temporal significance, to represent His disposition in that age. This is God using the language of mankind to express His own disposition” (“The Vision of God’s Work (3)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
Sister Xiling fellowshiped saying, “God only performs one part of the work of His plan in any age and only expresses one aspect of His disposition. The name He takes in a particular age only represents the disposition He manifests and the work He does in that age. In the Age of Law, for example, the name Jehovah was used to represent the work God did as well as to express the majestic, wrathful, merciful and cursing aspects of His disposition. Under the name Jehovah, God proclaimed the laws and commandments and guided humankind in their life on earth. In turn, people’s behavior became more and more regulated and they learned how to worship God. Toward the end of the Age of Law, because people had become more and more corrupted by Satan, they stopped abiding by the laws and commandments and ran the risk of being condemned and put to death. In order to save people from the rigor of the law, God performed the work of redemption under the name of Jesus, thus beginning the Age of Grace and concluding the Age of Law. He expressed His loving and merciful disposition, preached the way of repentance and finally redeemed mankind through His crucifixion. All those that accepted the Lord Jesus as Savior and prayed in the Lord’s name to confess and repent were forgiven. From this, we can see that the name God chooses in every age is meaningful. Each name only represents a portion of God’s work and an aspect of His disposition—one name cannot represent the entirety of God. If, in the Age of Grace, God had come with the name Jehovah and not Jesus, then God’s work would have ceased to progress beyond the Age of Law and, we, as corrupt humans, would never have received our redemption, but would instead have been condemned and put to death for violating the laws and commandments. Similarly, if, when God returned in the last days, He was still called Jesus, then God’s work would cease to progress beyond the Age of Grace. Our sins would be forgiven, but we would still live within that vicious cycle of committing and confessing sin and we would be unable to break free of the fetters of sin and attain purification. As such, to completely deliver us from the fetters of sin and attain purification, God has once again incarnated in the flesh to express His words and perform the work of judgment and purification, to establish the Age of Kingdom and bring the Age of Grace to an end. With the changing of the ages, God’s name has also changed to ‘Almighty God,’ which fulfills the prophecy in the Book of Revelation chapter 1, verse 8 that says, ‘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.’”
Through the fellowship given by the brothers and sisters, I came to understand how the passage of Scripture that states, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8) does not mean that God’s name will never change, but rather that God’s substance is immutable. I also learned that God divided His six-thousand-year management plan into three ages—the Age of Law, the Age of Grace and the Age of Kingdom—and with each new stage of work, God takes on a new name to represent His work and disposition during that age. He also uses the adopting of a new name to usher in a new age. How meaningful God’s name is in every age! If, as I had previously believed, God’s name never changed and, when He returned, He was still called Jesus, would His work not then remain at a standstill?
After the gathering, I again looked up some passages from Revelation: “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). “Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God: and I will write on him My new name” (Revelation 3:12). Everything suddenly became clear after reading these passages, and I thought to myself, “I’ve read these two passages before, so how come I didn’t notice what they really meant? These two passages of Scripture clearly foretell how, when God returns in the last days, He will no longer be called Jesus and His new name will be ‘the Almighty.’ I had always clung to that quote from the Bible that states, ‘Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever’ (Hebrews 13:8), thinking that God’s name would never change, but I never thought to examine other passages of Scripture, and just continually rejected and resisted God’s work of the last days. How ignorant I was!” Through the fellowship given by the brothers and sisters, as well as the prophecies in the Bible regarding God’s name, I no longer had any doubts about the name God has chosen in the last days.
Some time later, during a gathering, we read another passage of God’s words: “I was once known as Jehovah. I was also called the Messiah, and people once called Me Jesus the Savior with love and esteem. Today, however, I am no longer 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 from the end of the earth, replete with My entire disposition, and full of authority, honor, and glory. People have never engaged with Me, never known Me, and have always been ignorant of My disposition. From the creation of the world until today, not one person has seen Me. This is the God who appears to man in the last days but is hidden among man. He resides among man, true and real, like the burning sun and the blazing flame, filled with power and brimming with authority. There is not a single person or thing that shall not be judged by My words, and not a single person or thing that shall not be purified through the burning of fire. Eventually, all nations shall be blessed because of My words, and also smashed to pieces because of My words. In this way, all people during the last days shall see that I am the Savior returned, and that I am the Almighty God that conquers all of mankind. And all shall see that I was once the sin offering for man, but that in the last days I also become the flames of the sun that incinerate all things, as well as the Sun of righteousness that reveals all things. This is My work in the last days. I took this name and am possessed of this disposition so that all people may see that I am a righteous God, the burning sun, the blazing flame, and so that all may worship Me, the one true God, and so that they may see My true face: I am not only the God of the Israelites, and I am not just the Redeemer; I am the God of all creatures throughout the heavens and the earth and the seas” (“The Savior Has Already Returned Upon a ‘White Cloud’” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
Sister Xiling fellowshiped saying, “In the last days, God has begun the work of judgment by words in the Age of Kingdom under the name ‘Almighty God,’ and has revealed to humankind His righteous, majestic disposition that brooks no offense. The words Almighty God has expressed expose the reality of humankind’s corruption by Satan as well as the source of our resistance to God. God’s words cast judgment on our rebelliousness and unrighteousness and show us the path and the direction we need to follow to transform our dispositions. As long as we focus on pursuing the truth in all things, use the truth to uproot our corrupt dispositions, and behave and treat others according to God’s demands, we can gradually rid ourselves of our corrupt dispositions and attain the full salvation of God. When Almighty God’s work on earth is finished, all those that accepted God’s work in the last days and attained God’s purification and salvation shall be led by God into His kingdom to enjoy God’s blessings and His promise. As for those who rejected God’s work in the last days and even resisted, condemned, slandered and blasphemed Him, they will all be consumed by the great disasters of the end times and will be punished and destroyed by God. So, God takes the name ‘Almighty God’ to manifest His righteous, majestic disposition that brooks no offense to all humankind, He separates people according to their kind, brings this age of evil to an end and completes all the work of God’s six-thousand-year management plan. God wants us to see that not only is He the Master and Creator of all things, He can also serve as our sin offering and can even perfect, transform and purify humankind. God is the First and the Last and His wondrous acts are unfathomable to man. As such, God taking the name ‘Almighty God’ is particularly meaningful. At present, the Holy Spirit only safeguards the work done under the name of Almighty God. All who accept God’s work of the last days and pray in the name of Almighty God may receive the work of the Holy Spirit, and the supply of the living water of life. The churches of the Age of Grace have become bleak and desolate—their believers’ faith grows cold, their sermons lack substance, they are unmoved in prayer, and more and more of them are seduced by worldly trends. The source of their problems lies in the fact that God is performing a new work, and the work of the Holy Spirit has shifted from the churches of the Age of Grace to the churches of the Age of Kingdom. They have failed to keep pace with the footsteps of the Lamb, have failed to accept Almighty God’s work of judgment and, as such, they cannot gain the supply of the living water of life and must wallow in darkness with no way out.”
Through reading God’s word and listening to the sister’s fellowship, I gained a deeper understanding of the meaning of God taking different names in different ages. I also gained knowledge of God’s work of judgment and the disposition He expresses in the last days—this is crucial for our deliverance from the bonds of sin and for our salvation by God! As it turned out, the reason why I’d not felt supplied listening to sermons in recent years, and why my brothers’ and sisters’ faith had become weak and the sermons had lacked substance was because the work of the Holy Spirit had already shifted: The Holy Spirit now only safeguards the work done under the name Almighty God. Because we hadn’t accepted God’s new name and hadn’t kept pace with the footsteps of the Lamb, we had fallen into darkness. It was then that I knew in my heart that Almighty God truly is the returned Lord Jesus.
Later on, my brothers and sisters fellowshiped with me regarding how to discern true churches from false churches, how to distinguish the Holy Spirit’s work from Satan’s work, and other aspects of the truth. I greatly benefited from these fellowships. Every time I got together with my brothers and sisters to watch gospel movies and videos, I felt spiritually fulfilled and a sense of peace and security filled my heart. Almighty God’s words not only resolved many questions I previously had in my belief in the Lord, but they also solved many problems I was having in my life. I also regained that sense of faith I had when I first began believing in the Lord. I rejoiced that God chose me to accept His work of the last days and I began to keep pace with the footsteps of the Lamb. Now, I read Almighty God’s words every day. The more I read, the more I feel light filling my heart, and from the bottom of my heart I am absolutely certain that Almighty God’s word is the truth and is God’s voice. I was completely certain that God has now appeared and is working as Almighty God, and I accepted Almighty God’s name and officially joined The Church of Almighty God. Thanks be to Almighty God for saving me!
Source From: The Church of Almighty God