I. Questions and Answers on the Way of the Lord’s Arrival (Secret and Open)
Question 3: It was prophesied in the Bible: “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” (Act 1:11). After the Lord Jesus resurrected, it was His spiritual body that rose up into the sky. When the Lord returns, it should be His spiritual body that descends on a cloud. However, you testify that God has become flesh—the Son of man—again to do judgment work in the last days. This is obviously inconsistent with the Bible. The pastors and elders often say that any testimony about the Lord’s coming as incarnate is false. So I think that it is impossible for the Lord to return as incarnate. I cannot accept your testimony. I will just wait for the Lord to descend on a cloud and bring us to the kingdom of heaven. This cannot be wrong for sure!
On the matter of greeting the Lord, if we only focus on watching the sky for the Lord to descend on a cloud without listening at all to the voice of God and seeking the Holy Spirit’s speech to the churches, but blindly listen to the pastors and elders’ word, and designate all testimonies of the Lord’s return in the flesh as falsehood, aren’t we going against the Bible? What does it say in the Bible? The apostle John stated clearly: “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist” (2Jn 1:7). “And every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof you have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world” (1Jn 4:3). Are the religious pastors and elders’ denial and condemnation of the incarnation of God consistent with the Bible? They claim that all testimonies about the Lord’s return as incarnate are false. Aren’t these deceptive words? If we go by the apostle John’s words, aren’t the religious pastors and elders who deny the incarnation antichrists? If you all listen to the deceptive nonsense spread by the pastors and elders, will you be able to greet the Lord? Can you see the appearance of God? Can you be brought before God like the wise virgins?
How can the appearance and work of God be found at all? Almighty God says, “He who is God’s incarnation shall hold the substance of God, and He who is God’s incarnation shall hold the expression of God. Since God becomes flesh, He shall bring forth the work He must do, and since God becomes flesh, He shall express what He is, and shall be able to bring the truth to man, bestow life upon man, and show man the way. Flesh that does not contain the substance of God is surely not the incarnate God; of this there is no doubt. To investigate whether it is God's incarnate flesh, man must determine this from the disposition He expresses and the words He speaks. Which is to say, whether or not it is God's incarnate flesh, and whether or not it is the true way, must be judged from His substance. And so, in determining whether it is the flesh of God incarnate, the key is to pay attention to His substance (His work, His words, His disposition, and many more), rather than external appearance. If man sees only His external appearance, and overlooks His substance, then that shows the ignorance and naivety of man” (Preface to The Word Appears in the Flesh).
“Since we are searching for the footprints of God, we must search for God’s will, for the words of God, for the utterances of God— for where there are the new words of God, there is the voice of God, and where there are the footsteps of God, there are the deeds of God. Where there is the expression of God, there is the appearance of God, and where there is the appearance of God, there exists the truth, the way, and the life. While seeking the footprints of God, you ignored the words that ‘God is the truth, the way, and the life.’ So when many people receive the truth, they do not believe that they have found the footprints of God and much less acknowledge the appearance of God. What a serious error that is! The appearance of God cannot be reconciled with the conceptions of man, much less can God appear at the behest of man. God makes His own choices and has His own plans when He does His work; moreover, He has His own objectives, and His own methods. It is not necessary for Him to discuss the work He does with man or to seek the advice of man, much less notify each and every person of His work. This is the disposition of God and, moreover, should be recognized by everyone. If you desire to witness the appearance of God, if you wish to follow the footprints of God, then you must first transcend your own conceptions. You must not demand that God do this or that, much less should you place Him within your own confines and limit Him to your own conceptions. Instead, you should ask how you should seek the footprints of God, how you should accept the appearance of God, and how you should submit to the new work of God; that is what should be done by man. Since man is not the truth, and is not possessed of the truth, man should seek, accept, and obey” (“The Appearance of God Has Brought a New Age” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
from the movie Screenplay of Perilous Is The Road To The Heavenly Kingdom