IX. Questions and Answers on God’s Work of Judgment in the Last Days
Question 3: I’ve believed in the Lord for many years and I’ve read the Bible quite a bit, so why haven’t I seen the Lord prophesying that in the last days He will become flesh again and become the Son of man to perform the work of judgment? You bear witness that the Lord Jesus has already been incarnated again, that He is Almighty God, and that He’s doing the work of judgment in the last days. Is there any biblical basis for this? Is this affirmed by the religious world?
“In the last days, Christ uses a variety of truths to teach man, expose the essence of man, and dissect his words and deeds. These words comprise various truths, such as man’s duty, how man should obey God, how man should be loyal to God, how man ought to live out the normal humanity, as well as the wisdom and the disposition of God, and so on. These words are all directed at the essence of man and his corrupt disposition. In particular, those words that expose how man spurns God are spoken in regard to how man is an embodiment of Satan and an enemy force against God. In undertaking His work of judgment, God does not simply make clear the nature of man with just a few words; He exposes, deals with, and prunes it over the long term. These methods of exposure, dealing, and pruning cannot be substituted with ordinary words, but with the truth that man does not possess at all. Only methods of this kind are deemed judgment; only through judgment of this kind can man be subdued and thoroughly convinced into submission to God, and moreover gain true knowledge of God. What the work of judgment brings about is man’s understanding of the true face of God and the truth about his own rebelliousness. The work of judgment allows man to gain much understanding of the will of God, of the purpose of God’s work, and of the mysteries that are incomprehensible to him. It also allows man to recognize and know his corrupt substance and the roots of his corruption, as well as to discover the ugliness of man. These effects are all brought about by the work of judgment, for the substance of this work is actually the work of opening up the truth, the way, and the life of God to all those who have faith in Him. This work is the work of judgment done by God” (“Christ Does the Work of Judgment With the Truth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
We are all clear that in the Age of Grace, the stage of work the Lord Jesus did was that of redemption, so by undergoing His work we can experience a fact: Although we have gained forgiveness through His sacrifice to atone for our sins, our sinful natures have not been resolved. We are subjected to the constraints of our satanic natures and frequently sin and resist God. We live within the torment of the binds and control of our satanic natures, and we frequently cannot help but rebel against and resist God. We cannot put the Lord’s words into practice, and doubt often crops up in our hearts as to whether we can be in line with God’s will with our frequent sinning, and whether we can really enter the kingdom of heaven. This is why God has become flesh in the last days to do a stage of the work of judgment and purification targeting the needs of corrupt mankind, so that man may completely cast off the influence of Satan, achieve salvation, and be gained by God. By expressing the truth, Almighty God judges and exposes the essence and truth of how deeply mankind has been corrupted by Satan, unveils and dissects the source of mankind’s sinfulness and resistance to God, vividly and thoroughly dissects mankind’s nature and essence, and reveals to mankind His righteous, majestic disposition that will not tolerate offenses. From the judgment of Almighty God’s words we can see how deeply we’ve been corrupted by Satan and that our natures are full of satanic elements such as arrogance and conceit, selfishness and deceit, greediness and evil, and disgust for the truth. We can see that we only believe in God to gain blessings and enter the kingdom of heaven, and for the sake of our own benefit we often lie and deceive; when God’s work does not accord with our notions, we judge Him, resist Him, and betray Him. We can also see that we simply are the embodiment of Satan, like living demons with hardly any likeness of a human being. We then begin to hate ourselves and to prostrate ourselves before God, and repent. From God’s judgment and chastisement, we see His righteous disposition that will not tolerate offenses and that His holiness cannot be sullied. This causes us to develop a heart of reverence for God and become willing to accept the truth and obey God’s designs and arrangements. By undergoing His judgment and chastisement our dispositions in life change, we possess a conscience and reason more and more, become able to put the truth into practice and rely on God’s words for our lives. We gradually enter into the reality of the truth and come to have the likeness of a true human being. Almighty God’s work of judgment in the last days resolves the source of mankind’s sinfulness and resistance to God from its root, ending thousands of years of human life of sinning and then confessing. This allows corrupt mankind to thoroughly cast off Satan’s dark influence, and be gained and saved by God. This is the goal and the significance of God doing the work of judgment. This clearly shows us that the work of judgment done by Almighty God of the last days is the work of purifying and perfecting mankind, and is built upon the foundation of the Lord Jesus’ work of redemption. It is the work that the Lord Jesus wanted to do in His return. Thus, Almighty God is the Lord Jesus returned.
from the movie script of Waiting