For 2000 years, many believers have confessed their sins after committing sins, but none of them has gotten rid of the bondage of sin. Although we have some good deeds on the outside, we can still lie and deceive, be jealous of people, and look down on people. We often commit these sins, so how could we say we have true repentance? The Lord Jesus said, “Whoever commits sin is the servant of sin. And the servant stays not in the house for ever: but the son stays ever” (John 8:34–35). According to the words of the Lord Jesus, sinners cannot enter the kingdom of God.
Welcoming the Lord to be raptured into the kingdom of heaven is the greatest hope of every believer, but is entering the kingdom of heaven really as simple as we think? What does God require of those who can enter the kingdom of heaven? The Lord Jesus said, “Not every one that said to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of My Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). The Lord made it clear that not all people who speak the Lord’s name can enter the kingdom of heaven, and that only those who do God’s will can enter it.
Two thousand years ago, when the Lord Jesus did His work, the Pharisees adhered to the Bible and condemned the Lord’s work and they tried their best to prevent the Jewish believers from following the Lord Jesus. Finally, they nailed the Lord Jesus to the cross and were cursed and punished by God.
Now, when the Lord Jesus returns to the flesh and does the work of judgment starting from the house of God, the modern-day Pharisees, most pastors and elders in the religious world, convict and reject Him. They fabricate rumors, and spread heresies and fallacies to deceive believers and prevent them from investigating God’s work of the last days.
Why did God’s two incarnations, when He became manifest and did work, meet with resistance and condemnation from religious world? What is the source of this matter? If we cannot discern the God-defying essence of the last days’ Pharisees, won’t it be very easy for us to follow them in condemning and rejecting Christ of the last days so that we miss the opportunity to welcome the Lord’s return?
God’s words say, “Though Jesus did much work among man, He only completed the redemption of all mankind and became man’s sin offering; He did not rid man of all his corrupt disposition. Fully saving man from the influence of Satan not only required Jesus to become the sin offering and bear the sins of man, but it also required God to do even greater work to rid man completely of his satanically corrupted disposition. And so, now that man has been forgiven of his sins, God has returned to the flesh to lead man into the new age, and begun the work of chastisement and judgment. This work has brought man into a higher realm. All those who submit under His dominion shall enjoy higher truth and receive greater blessings. They shall truly live in the light, and they shall gain the truth, the way, and the life.”
Seeing this title, you may ask: “How could the churches be desolate? What exactly is going on?” Don’t worry. Let’s discuss this topic together.
We all know that in the Old Testament Age of Law, the temple was the place for people to worship God, but by late in the Age of Law, the temple became a den for thieves, a marketplace for buying and selling livestock and changing money. Priests committed sins but heavenly fire no longer fell down to burn them; even though believers violated commandments and laws, they were not punished. The temple became desolate. Only those who accepted the gospel of repentance of the Lord Jesus received His grace and blessings, basking in the watering of the living water of life.
Now in many churches, there are more and more illicit things happening, and religious leaders don’t abide by the Lord’s commandments but follow worldly trends, cling to wealth and vie for power. They have entirely departed from the way of the Lord. The faith and love of many believers are fading. Many believers say that when they attend meetings and read the Bible, the pastors and elders preach on the same old things, and there is no illumination in their sermons. Although they hear a lot of sermons, their spiritual lives never progress. When believers return home, they don’t want to read the Bible and don’t know what to say to the Lord in prayers. They are always unable to get the Lord’s guidance. They just go through the motions when they participate in meetings. They even treat the churches as the marketplaces or the places where they form personal relationships, so that they can sell others merchandise and insurance, and find a romantic partner.
Now disasters such as earthquakes, floods, and famines occur frequently, and everyone who truly believes in the Lord more eagerly looks forward to the Lord’s return to rapture them into the heavenly kingdom. But do you know? The Lord has become flesh and descended in China in secret, and He is Almighty God, Christ of the last days, and has expressed His words to do new work. Hearing this news, you might say, “The Lord has come secretly in China? How is this possible? The Lord will come on a cloud, and everyone will see Him. We haven’t seen the Lord come yet, so how could anyone say that He has returned?” Friends, God often doesn’t do things as man thinks they ought to be done. If we want to welcome the Lord, we need to let go of our own notions and imagination, and shouldn’t delimit God’s work straight off the bat, otherwise, we’ll make mistakes. The Lord Jesus said, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3). The Lord is faithful. As long as we have a humble seeking heart and pay attention to listening to the Lord’s voice, the Lord will lead us to welcome His return and gain His salvation. Here are two passages of Almighty God’s words, and let’s take a look.
The brothers and sisters of The Church of Almighty God endure the severe obstruction and persecution from the Chinese Communist Party and the religious world. Why do they continue to refuse to surrender, continuing to preach the gospel and testify for God? How does Almighty God lead them to undergo God’s judgment and tribulations to attain purification and become overcomers? Watch this video!
Having true faith is what God requires of each of us Christians. So, do you have true faith? Some people might say, “I have been actively attending meetings, reading the Bible, and praying to God since I believed in the Lord. I always follow the Lord firmly no matter what happens. Isn’t this true faith in God?” In fact, this can only prove that true faith in God are willing to believe in God, but it is not true faith in God. Why? This is because in our life, when looking for a job or dealing with some difficult problems, we will pray to God, but when we see that our difficulties are not solved, we will become discouraged and disappointed in God; when we get sick, or something terrible occurs at home, we can still misunderstand and complain to God, and even betray and leave God. It can be seen that our faith in God cannot stand to be tested. So, what is true faith in God? How should we do to maintain faith in God during trials?
In 1991, that extraordinary year, the incarnate Son of man, Almighty God, Christ of the last days, began to formally perform His ministry. He has expressed millions of words and the judgment of the great white throne predicted in Revelation has begun. At the same time, Almighty God reveals the mystery of God’s six-thousand-year management plan, the purpose and significance of God’s three stages of work, the mystery of God’s incarnation, the mystery of the judgment in the last days and the mystery of the outcome and destination of humanity. Those from all denominations who thirst for the truth and seek the appearance of God are conquered by the word of Almighty God and they have all returned to Almighty God, and so The Church of Almighty God came into being. Today, the utterances of Almighty God have been published online for people from all walks of life in various countries to seek and investigate.
Almighty God says, “Jesus did a stage of work which only fulfilled the substance of ‘the Word was with God’: The truth of God was with God, and the Spirit of God was with the flesh and was inseparable from Him, that is, the flesh of God incarnate was with the Spirit of God, which is greater proof that Jesus incarnate was the first incarnation of God. This stage of work fulfilled the inner meaning of ‘the Word becomes flesh,’ lent deeper meaning to ‘the Word was with God, and the Word was God,’ and allows you to firmly believe the words that ‘In the beginning was the Word.’ Which is to say, at the time of creation God was possessed of words, His words were with Him and inseparable from Him, and the final age makes even clearer the power and authority of His words, and allows man to see all of His words—to hear all of His words. Such is the work of the final age. … Because this is the work of the second incarnation—and the last time that God becomes flesh—it fully completes the significance of the incarnation, thoroughly carries out and issues forth all of God’s work in the flesh, and brings to an end the era of God’s being in the flesh” (“Practice (4)”).