How Does Jesus Return? I’ve Finally Found the Answer (part 1)
How Does Jesus Return? I’ve Finally Found the Answer (part 1)
“Mireille, look at this! It says here that Christ of the last days has appeared!”
“Really?” Mireille asked.
After watching The Church of Almighty God’s movie, Where Is My Home, Mireille and I navigated to The Church of Almighty God’s website and read about how the Lord Jesus had already appeared. This was absolutely unbelievable news! I remembered how it says in chapter 1, verse 11 of the Acts of the Apostles, “You men of Galilee, why stand you gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as you have seen Him go into heaven.” In that time, the Lord Jesus left with the clouds, so He will return with the clouds in great glory in the last days. Here it said that the Lord Jesus has already appeared, but we never saw Him come with the clouds! It seemed to me that what they were saying was not in keeping with the Bible. I told Mireille what I was thinking and she agreed with my viewpoint. After that, we went a long time without watching any of The Church of Almighty God’s movies.
After Much Thought, I Decided to Continue Seeking and Investigating
Though I had abandoned my investigation of Almighty God’s work in the last days, I couldn’t get the idea that the Lord had returned out of my head. Mireille and I often conversed on the subject of the Lord’s return. We both had high hopes that we would be able to welcome the Lord’s return within our lifetime. Given that we are already in the last days, that calamities occur with great frequency throughout the world and the prophecies of the Lord’s return have mostly been fulfilled, it stood to reason that the Lord must have returned. Yet despite all that, we still hadn’t witnessed God coming with the clouds. At the present time, only The Church of Almighty God had testified to the Lord Jesus’ return. We had, however, abandoned our investigation because they testified that when the Lord returned, He did not come with the clouds. Were we right to do so? I felt deeply conflicted and so I prayed to God with Mireille, asking that God guide us to make the right choice. Later, it occurred to me that God is the Master of all things, He can do whatever it is that He wants, so how could I delimit God’s work within my own thoughts and notions? What’s more, the Lord Jesus has said, “And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him” (Matthew 25:6). The Lord tells us, if we hear that God has returned, we should go and welcome Him. We saw news online saying that God had returned, and yet we didn’t pay heed to or investigate these claims, so how would we know if God had returned? As such, Mireille and I decided to continue watching The Church of Almighty God’s movies and investigating Almighty God’s work in the last days.
Later on, I saw many videos depicting the persecution of The Church of Almighty God Christians by the CCP. I saw how despite being subjected to unimaginably cruel torture, by using prayer, reliance upon God and the faith and power they derived from Almighty God’s word they gained the courage to say that they would rather die than deny or betray God. This was extremely inspirational to me. I saw how the Christians of The Church of Almighty God really had immense faith in God. This was not the kind of faith that paid lip-service, but, rather, was expressed through taking action. I was deeply moved — it seemed to me that if God had not invested them with strength, they never would have been able to withstand the cruel torture of the CCP. I watched even more videos of life experiences and testimonies of The Church of Almighty God Christians. The words of God read in these videos exposed the deepest elements of our hearts and souls, as if Almighty God could see directly into the hearts of men. By reflecting on and understanding themselves through Almighty God’s word, the Christians of The Church of Almighty God achieved some transformation and purification of their corrupt dispositions. This further impressed upon me the feeling that Almighty God’s word has authority and power and really can change people. I was deeply and profoundly shocked to realize this! I thought to myself, if not God, who else could effect change in corrupted men? The more I read, the more I felt that Almighty God’s words could not be uttered by any mere man — they seemed to be the words of God. I felt that Almighty God might very well be the returned Lord Jesus! To understand more of Almighty God’s work, I continued watching The Church of Almighty God’s movies.
One time, I saw a movie called Break the Shackles and Run, in which the main character is unwilling to investigate Almighty God’s work in the last days because he clings to the Bible. Later, after having a few debates and reading Almighty God’s word, he finally comes to know the inside story of the Bible and learns how he should understand scriptures. In the end, he stops clinging to the Bible and accepts the work of Almighty God in the last days. I thought of how I also clung to Bible scriptures, believing that when the Lord returned He would come with clouds and, thus, wouldn’t accept the Lord Jesus that didn’t come with clouds. After watching this film, I thought to myself that I too ought to break free from the fetters of Bible scriptures and seek God’s new work.
Having come to this conclusion, Mireille and I went through The Church of Almighty God website to contact Sister Anna and told her all of our thoughts and confusions. Sister Anna fellowshiped: “Sister, having the desire to seek with relation to the question of welcoming the Lord is a sign of God’s guidance, thanks be to God! The Lord Jesus said, ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven’ (Matthew 5:3). The Lord rejoices in those that seek the truth with an open mind. As long as we approach seeking and investigating God’s work in the last days with a humble heart, we can attain God’s enlightenment and guidance.” I thought to myself, “Indeed, the Lord’s coming is a major event and so I shouldn’t blindly delimit. If Almighty God really is the returned Lord Jesus and, because I failed to humbly seek and investigate, I miss out on the opportunity to welcome the Lord’s return, will I not regret it for the rest of my life?” Having realized this, my determination to investigate Almighty God’s work in the last days grew even greater.
To be continue…
Source From: Eastern Lightning