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!
Answer: You say it is impossible that the Lord will return as incarnate, is that correct? It is explicitly written in the Bible that the Lord will return as incarnate. Do you mean that you couldn’t find it? There are many prophecies written in the Bible about the Lord’s return, of which the prophecies on the Lord’s return as incarnate are particularly explicit. For instance when the Lord Jesus said, “For as the lightning comes out of the east, and shines even to the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Mat 24:27). “For as the lightning, that lightens out of the one part under heaven, shines to the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation” (Luk 17:24-25). The Lord Jesus repeatedly prophesied that He would come again as the Son of man. The Son of man refers to God incarnate, such as the Lord Jesus in the flesh who looks like an ordinary, normal person outwardly, who eats, drinks, sleeps and walks like a normal man. But the spiritual body of the Lord Jesus after He resurrected was different, which could penetrate walls, fade in and fade out. It was particularly supernatural. So He could not be called the Son of man. When prophesying about the Son of man’s return, the Lord Jesus said, “But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation” (Luk 17:25). But according to what you say, the Lord will return as a spiritual body descending on a cloud and appearing publicly in great glory, when all people must prostrate and worship, who would dare to resist and condemn Him? The Lord Jesus said, “But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation” (Luk 17:25). How will these words be fulfilled? Only when God incarnate appears to work as the Son of man, when people do not recognize that He is Christ incarnate, would they dare to condemn and reject Christ according to their notions and imagination. Don’t you say that is the case? In addition, the Lord Jesus also prophesied, “But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Mat 24:36). “If therefore you shall not watch, I will come on you as a thief, and you shall not know what hour I will come on you” (Rev 3:3). If the Lord were to descend on a cloud in a spiritual body, then everyone would know about it and be able to see it. Yet the Lord Jesus prophesied when He shall return, it is “knows no man,” “neither the Son” and “as a thief.” How will these words be fulfilled? If the Lord Jesus were to appear in a spiritual body, how would He not know about it Himself? Only when God becomes flesh as the Son of man in the last days, becomes an ordinary, normal person, will the words that the Son shall not know be fulfilled. Just as the Lord Jesus, before performing His ministry, even He did not know about His identity as Christ who came to fulfill the work of redemption. So, the Lord Jesus often prayed to God the Father. Until the Lord Jesus began to fulfill His ministry, it was then He realized His identity. Do you say that it is more practical to receive it this way? Now do you still dare to say that there is no prophecy in the Bible that the Lord will return in the flesh? This was the prophecy made by the Lord Jesus. Doesn't the “Son of man” refer to God incarnate? Some people feel that, if the Lord were to return in the flesh, why hadn't He said it directly? Why did He have to say the appearance of the “Son of man?” This is the nature of prophecies. Prophecies are implicit. Had it been said as appearance in the flesh, then it would have been plain language instead of prophecy. When perceptive people delve deeply into the meaning of the “Son of man,” they will be enlightened, and they will realize that the meaning of the “Son of man” is incarnation. We only realized it when Almighty God came and revealed the mystery of incarnation. It turned out that the prophecy of the Bible “the coming of the Son of man” actually means incarnation. Since we are now certain that the Lord's return is in the flesh, how can we ascertain that He is the appearance of God in the flesh? For this, we need to be able to recognize the voice of God. If He were indeed the appearance of the Son of man in the flesh, He would be expressing a great deal of truth and be able to clearly explain the origin and purpose of God’s appearance and work as well as to do a stage of specific work by expressing the truth. So, the incarnate Almighty God in the last days has expressed all the truths for the purification and salvation of mankind and done the work of judgment beginning with the house of God. The word expressed by Almighty God is the spoken word of the Holy Spirit to the churches. God speaks through the flesh to knock on the doors of all those who long for His appearance. Those who perceive the word of Almighty God as the truth and the voice of God are the wise virgins who are brought before God to attend the wedding feast of the Lamb. They eat and drink the Holy Spirit's latest word every day, experience God’s work in the last days, and absolutely verify that it is God’s appearance and work in the last days. So they begin to testify to various denominations and sects that the Lord Jesus has returned as the incarnate Almighty God and let people come to listen to the voice of God, that is, the expression of Almighty God—The Word Appears in the Flesh. This is the fulfillment of the Lord Jesus’ prophecy: “And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him” (Mat 25:6). “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” (Rev 3:20). Those who cannot recognize God’s voice, even condemn and pass judgment on God’s work in the last days, are the foolish virgins who are revealed and eliminated. These people will be wailing with clenched teeth in calamity.
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