A Brief Introduction About the Background of the Appearance and Work of Christ of the Last Days in China
China is the land where the great red dragon resides, and is the place that has resisted and condemned God most severely throughout history. China is like a fortress of demons and a prison controlled by the devil, impenetrable and impermeable. Furthermore, the regime of the great red dragon stands guard at all levels and has set up defenses in every household. As a result, nowhere is more difficult to spread God’s gospel and carry out the work of God. When the Chinese Communist Party came to power in 1949, religious belief in Mainland China was completely suppressed and banned. Millions of Christians suffered public humiliation and torture, and imprisonment. All the churches were completely sealed off and cleared out. Even house meetings were banned. If anyone was caught taking part in an assembly, they would be put in prison and could even be beheaded. At that time, religious activities almost disappeared without a trace. Only a small number of Christians continued believing in God, but they could only silently pray to God and sing hymns of praise to God in their hearts, beseeching God to revive the church. Finally, in 1981, the church was truly revived, and the Holy Spirit began to work on a large scale in China. The churches sprang up like bamboo shoots after a spring rain, and more and more people began believing in God. In 1983, when the revival of the church reached its climax, the Chinese Communist Party began a new round of cruel suppression. Millions of people were arrested, detained, and educated through labor. The regime of the great red dragon only allowed believers in God to join the Three-Self Patriotic Church set up by the government. The CCP government set up the Three-Self Patriotic Church in an attempt to thoroughly do away with the underground house church and bring those believers in the Lord firmly under the government’s control. It believed that this was the only way to achieve its aim of banning faith and turning China into a land without God. But the Holy Spirit continued to do much work in the house church and in those who truly believed in God, which the CCP government had no way of stopping. At that time, in the house church where the Holy Spirit worked, Christ of the last days secretly appeared to work, and began expressing the truth and doing the work of judgment beginning with the house of God.
At the beginning of February 1991, someone in the church seemed to receive the Holy Spirit’s enlightenment and began to speak, testifying to the name of God and the coming of God. These words were sent out to the churches, and after reading them, everyone grew very excited, they were all overjoyed, and believed that this surely was the enlightenment and words of the Holy Spirit. From then on, Christ began to speak. Sometimes Christ uttered a passage a day, sometimes one every two days, and the utterances became more and more frequent. Everyone passed them around and felt extremely excited, meetings were full of enjoyment, and everyone was immersed in happiness. As Christ expressed more and more words, all people paid attention to enjoying God’s words, and their hearts were completely gripped by God’s words. And so, during the assemblies, they formally began to enjoy the present words of the Holy Spirit. At that time, people had yet to realize that God had been incarnated and this was the appearance of Christ. They only regarded Christ’s expression as the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit received by an ordinary person, because in Christ’s expression, He had not formally testified to God’s incarnation. No one understood what the incarnation was all about, and knew only that these words were the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, they still treated Christ as an ordinary person. Only when Christ’s utterances reached their peak did God begin to testify to God’s incarnation, explaining the differences between the Holy Spirit’s descent unto man and the Holy Spirit’s work in man and disclosing the mystery of the Spirit’s realization in the flesh. Only then did people know that this ordinary person who lived among them and expressed the words to shepherd and supply the churches was God incarnate, Christ, and God who had appeared. Having realized this, they all hated how blind, foolish, and ignorant they had been, and prostrated themselves before Christ, weeping and repenting, their hearts torn apart by profound sorrow, their cries heard everywhere. At that time, people’s hearts were filled with mixed feelings of grief and joy, which could not be described. When they beheld Christ, they knew only to prostrate themselves upon the ground; if they did not, they felt uneasy within their hearts. When prostrating before Christ, they had enjoyment and felt that they had truly returned before God and were ones who belonged to God. After Christ appeared, He expressed more and more words, gradually entering onto the right track of God’s work and ushering in judgment beginning with the house of God. God’s words completely conquered people. Through Christ’s disclosure of the meaning of God’s name, the name of Almighty God came into being. So people prayed directly to the name of Almighty God, and during assemblies they enjoyed the words of Almighty God. This is because these words (that is, all the words in The Word Appears in the Flesh) are God’s present work, God’s words in the new age, and people’s present need. Since there was God’s new work and words, naturally the Bible became outdated, and naturally no one paid any heed to the various sayings and theories of the Age of Grace. They were all conquered by God’s present words, as if they had seen heaven open. This is because God disclosed all kinds of mysteries, people’s eyes were opened, and they saw that most of the sayings that people had previously clung to during the Age of Grace were notions, and contained deviations and erroneous things. Thanks to God’s appearance, people stepped onto the right track of believing in God. Only after people were conquered by God’s words did they find that this ordinary and normal person who expressed God’s words was Christ, and God’s incarnate flesh.
Christ was born into an ordinary family in northern China. From childhood, He had believed in God with all His heart. He gradually grew up as an ordinary person does. In 1989, just as the Holy Spirit was working on a large scale in the house church, Christ gave up His studies and formally entered the house church. At the time, Christ was fervent in His heart and He yearned to serve God and perform His duty. Two years later, Christ began to express words, writing down the words in His heart and giving them to the churches. Afterward, as Christ expressed more and more truths, people were attracted by Christ’s words, and hungered to read what He had expressed. In particular, His words which revealed and judged the substance of the nature of corrupt mankind, and the satanic disposition of corrupt mankind, pierced people’s hearts like a two-edged sword. Only then were they completely conquered by God’s words, and kneeled before God, only then was Christ accepted, known, and exalted by people, and became the practical God venerated, loved, and esteemed by mankind. Christ is possessed of both normal humanity and full divinity. He can express the truth at any time and in any place, and disclose the substance of mankind’s corruption. His words and outlook are full of the truth and wisdom, just like the Lord Jesus. What Christ speaks and has is not learned from books, but comes entirely from the divine substance He possesses. Christ was begotten from God. In His life people see His completely normal humanity. From His work and His patience with mankind, people can see His divine substance and His disposition that is intolerant of offense by man. Although, like the Lord Jesus, Christ has the weaknesses of humanity, He also has the substance of obedience to God’s Spirit. He is full of truth and wisdom, inspiring utter conviction in people in both their hearts and words. Christ is the truth, the way, and the life, in name and in reality! God has been incarnated as a meager person, and works secretly and humbly among man, conquering mankind and defeating enemies through the expression of the truth. He has long since completely overcome, and been testified to and proclaimed. This is God’s almightiness, wisdom, and glory. As a result of Christ’s appearance and work, The Church of Almighty God came into being. Then the brothers and sisters in The Church of Almighty God started testifying to God’s work, and began the work of spreading the gospel of Christ’s kingdom. This is a brief introduction to the background of God’s incarnation and His secret coming in order to work. To put it simply, the incarnate Christ has come to the land where the great red dragon resides, and expressed the words of judgment and chastisement, and conquered and saved God’s chosen people in China. Which is to say, the incarnate God battles Satan in the den of the great red dragon, and has given everything in order to awaken mankind, and cause mankind to hear and recognize God’s voice, and thus return before God and be saved by God. This is something that is extraordinarily rare, and of incredibly profound meaning. In this incarnation God works to save man, which means that God has come to arrange mankind’s destination and bring this age to an end. God has come to Mainland China, the land inhabited by the great red dragon, and has secretly arrived to work, conquering and saving the deeply corrupt mankind and perfecting a group people into overcomers. This has ushered in the judgment of the great white throne in the last days, and has opened the path for God’s public appearance to every nation and place of the world during the next step.
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Woe to Those Who Crucify God Once Again
During the last days, God has been incarnated in China to work, and has expressed millions of words, conquering and saving a group of people with His word and ushering in the new age of judgment beginning with the house of God. Today, the spreading of God’s work during the last days has reached its climax in Mainland China. Most of the people in Catholic communities and all Christian denominations who pursue the truth have returned before God’s throne. The incarnate God has accomplished the work of “the Son of man’s secret coming” prophesied in the Bible, and will soon appear publicly to every nation and place in the world. All people in every nation and place who thirst for God’s appearance will look upon God’s public appearance. No force can hinder or destroy God’s kingdom, and anyone who resists God will be punished by God’s wrath, just as it is said in God’s words: “My kingdom is coming into shape above the whole universe, and My throne holds sway in the hearts of hundreds of millions of people. With the angels’ assistance, My great accomplishment will soon be brought to fruition. All My sons and My people await My return with bated breath, longing for Me to reunite with them, never to be separated again. How could the multitudinous populace of My kingdom not race toward one another in joyful celebration because of My being together with them? Can this be a reunion for which no price need be paid? I am honorable in all men’s eyes, I am proclaimed in the words of all. When I return, I will conquer all enemy forces even more. The time has come! I will put My work in motion, I will reign as King among men! I am on the point of return! And I am about to depart! This is what everyone is hoping for, it is what they wish. I shall let the whole of humanity see the arrival of My day, and let them welcome the coming of My day with joy!” (“The Twenty-seventh Utterance” of God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh). “All those that I love will surely live for eternity, and all those who stand against Me will surely be chastised by Me for eternity. For I am a jealous God, I will not lightly spare men for all that they have done. I will watch over the whole earth, and, appearing in the East of the world with righteousness, majesty, wrath, and chastisement, I will reveal Myself to the myriad hosts of humanity!” (“The Twenty-sixth Utterance” of God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
The Spreading of Almighty God’s Kingdom Gospel in China
In 1995, the work of testifying to the kingdom gospel of Almighty God formally began in Mainland China. Through our gratitude to God and with a love that was true, we testified to the appearance and work of Almighty God to the brothers and sisters in various denominations. Little did we expect to suffer extreme resistance and slander from their leaders. We could only come before Almighty God to pray earnestly, beseeching God to work in person. From 1997 onward, we beheld the Holy Spirit work on a great scale. There was a rapid increase in the members of churches in various locations. At the same time, many signs and wonders occurred, and many people in various denominations returned to Almighty God as a result of receiving God’s revelations or seeing these signs and wonders. If the Holy Spirit had not worked, what could man do? This made us realize: Although we understood some truths, we could not testify to Almighty God through our human strength alone. After these people from various denominations accepted Almighty God, they gradually became certain of Almighty God in their hearts through eating and drinking and enjoying the word of Almighty God, and after a period of time, there was produced in them genuine faith and obedience. People from every denomination were thus lifted before the throne, and no longer expected to “meet the Lord in the sky” as they had imagined.
Nguồn gốc và sự phát triển của Hội Thánh Đức Chúa Trời Toàn Năng
Hội Thánh Đức Chúa Trời Toàn Năng hình thành nhờ sự xuất hiện và công việc của Đức Chúa Trời Toàn Năng—Đức Chúa Jêsus đã trở lại—Đấng Christ của những ngày sau rốt, và cũng chịu sự phán xét và sửa trị công chính của Ngài. Hội thánh bao gồm tất cả những người thực sự chấp thuận công việc của Đức Chúa Trời Toàn Năng của những ngày sau rốt và được chinh phục và được cứu rỗi bởi lời của Đức Chúa Trời.
Beholding the Appearance of God in His Judgment and Chastisement
Like the hundreds of millions of others who follow the Lord Jesus Christ, we abide by the laws and commandments of the Bible, enjoy the abundant grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and gather together, pray, praise, and serve in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ—and all this we do under the care and protection of the Lord. We are often weak, and we are also often strong. We believe that all of our actions are in accordance with the teachings of the Lord. It goes without saying, then, that we also believe ourselves to be on the path of obedience to the will of the Father in heaven.