Recently, the circumstances in our place were rather tense. When I heard that some brothers and sisters were caught by the great red dragon and suffered torture, I hated the great red dragon at the bottom of my heart. But along with that, a notion about God arose within me: God is almighty and he can make heaven and earth pass away with a word. Why does he delay destroying the great red dragon? … Whenever I heard God’s family fellowship that the circumstances were tense and we should be watchful not to be tailed when going out or heard that some other brothers and sisters were arrested by the great red dragon, this notion would well up and disturb me. But for fear that I might be spreading my notion, I never fellowshipped about it with the brothers and sisters.
One morning, when I ate and drank God’s word, I read these words: “God is incarnated in the final age and opens and reveals his practicalness to man without any concealment. But some descriptions of God’s nature are simply exaggerated versions, such as the one that God can destroy the world by saying a word or thinking casually. So, most people have such a concept: Why is it that God is almighty but can’t devour satan in one swallow? This is a fallacy. It shows that people still do not know God. For God to destroy his enemy requires a process. But it is true to say that God is all-victorious. That is to say, God can defeat his enemy in the end. For example, if a strong nation wants to defeat a weak nation, it itself must go to defeat the other step by step, sometimes by force, sometimes by tactics. This requires a process. But it cannot be said that, since the strong nation has the new-aged nuclear weapons while the weak one is far inferior to it, the weak one will be defeated without a fight. This is only an absurd theory. It can be said that the strong nation will surely win and the weak one will surely be defeated, but the strong nation itself has to go to ‘invade and occupy’ the weak one. Only thus can it be said that the strong nation has greater power.” “Now you should see that God just does not destroy satan so that mankind can see how satan corrupts man and how God saves man. In the end, by the degree of his being corrupted by satan, man will see satan’s monstrous crimes in corrupting man, and God will destroy it, causing man to see that God is righteous and there is God’s nature in that.” God’s words made me feel brightened all at once: When God works through being incarnated, he does not work as supernaturally as I imagined, but practically. God defeats his enemy through a process, and step by step in a planned way. Today, God is incarnated in the country of the great red dragon and works practically, to conquer and perfect a group of people who were born in this country and who have been deeply afflicted by the great red dragon but have risen up to rebel against it, thereby shaming the great red dragon thoroughly and revealing God’s almightiness. Though I have followed God until today, I still do not have any knowledge of God’s substance. I imagined God’s almightiness very vague and supernatural, so that I was full of notions about God’s work. Today, through the inspiration of God’s words, I have understood that there is God’s good purpose in his delay in destroying the great red dragon. On the one hand, through the persecution of the great red dragon, God causes us to know more about its substance so that we can hate and rebel against it and bear testimony for God. On the other hand, through the persecution of the great red dragon God condemns it, and in the end God will destroy it, so that we will all clap and cheer, praising God’s righteousness and great power. On the third hand, through the persecution of the great red dragon, God also trains our wisdom and courage, and perfects our true faith in God and true faithfulness to God, making complete and gaining us in the great tribulation.
Thank God that the inspiration and guidance of his words has undone the knot in my heart. I have gained a little knowledge of God’s almightiness and understood that God reveals his wisdom and almightiness in his practical work. I have also seen that I lack too much and still do not have the true knowledge of God’s work, my knowledge of God is not practical, and I live in my imaginations and notions. From now on, I will spend more time and effort on God’s word and pursue to know God, for I have deeply experienced that without the knowledge of God, I certainly have “knots” and have notions within.
Chuzhou City, Anhui Province