The Lord Has Appeared in the East
By Qiu Zhen, China
One day, my sister phoned me and said that she was back from the north and that she had something important to tell me. She asked me to come over right away. I had a feeling about what might have happened and went to my sister’s house after the phone call. As soon as I entered and saw that my sister was reading a book, I felt relieved. My sister saw that I had arrived, suddenly stood up and said: “Sister! This time in the north I got some good news: Thehas returned!”
After I heard this I distractedly thought: All these yearshas always testified that Jesus has returned; could it be that my sister has accepted Eastern Lightning? Before I could speak, my sister said seriously: “Sister! The Lord has been incarnated and has come to our country, China.” I listened to her and the more she spoke, the less normally she spoke and so I hurriedly said: “Don’t believe whatever people say. Can God come to China? In it says very clearly: ‘And his feet shall stand in that day on the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall split in the middle thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south’ (Zechariah 14:4). God has to come to Israel. He cannot come to China. What a shame that, as someone who works for the Lord, you do not even know this!”
My sister said sincerely, “Sister, I used to think the way you do, but through the words ofand the fellowship of brothers and sisters, I have realized that the Lord was really incarnated in China. The scripture you speak of is a prophecy, but prophecies cannot be commented on at will by us. They are fulfilled through the facts of God’s work so that people can see. When the Lord came to carry out work, neither Peter nor the Samaritan woman, nor the eunuch of Ethiopia held onto the scriptures prophesying the coming of the Lord. It was the facts of what the Lord Jesus said and what work He carried out that affirmed that the Messiah had come as the Lord Jesus. They all followed God’s footsteps and received the Lord’s . And those Pharisees who held onto the prophetic words of the Bible all treated the Lord Jesus, the Messiah who had already come, as an ordinary person and denied, resisted and condemned the Lord Jesus, and in the end crucified the Lord Jesus. They were thus punished by God. Sister, we must handle the Lord’s coming carefully. We must have God-revering hearts. Whatever you do, do not settle easily!”
I glanced at my sister and held the Bible up and said, “Jehovah God promulgated the law in Israel and the Lord Jesus was crucified in Israel too. When China is a country ruled by an atheistic party, why would God come to such a country? We have believed in the Lord for so many years, but we cannot believe whatever people say!”
My sister said anxiously, “Sister, when the Lord Jesus did work at that time, the Pharisees resisted the Lord and said: ‘Search, and look: for out of Galilee rises no prophet’ (John 7:52). ‘Shall Christ come out of Galilee?’ (John 7:41). But in fact the Lord Jesus was raised in Nazareth in Galilee. The Bible says: ‘O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who has known the mind of the Lord? or who has been his counselor?’ (Romans 11:33–34). How can we fathom God’s wisdom? We cannot analyze God’s work based on our own minds! We look forward to the coming of the Lord every day. Now that the Lord has really returned, if we hold onto our own notions and do not seek or investigate, we will miss the opportunity to meet the Lord and will be full of remorse!”
Seeing my sister looking so serious, I thought: My sister sincerely believes in the Lord and is a thoughtful, assertive person. She is generally careful about what she does and for such a big deal as the Lord coming, she is even less likely to blindly believe what someone says. Now that she can accept Eastern Lightning, could it be the case that the Lord has really come back in China to do His work? But then another thought came: How could the Lord do work in China? It’s too unimaginable! So I said firmly: “The Bible is a thousand layer cake and each person’s way of interpreting it is different. The Bible prophesies that God will actually descend in Israel in the last days. Moreover, most Chinese people worship Buddha and the national government has always persecuted religious beliefs. God will not come to China to do work!”
My sister eagerly said, “Sister, the Lord has returned and appeared in China to do work. This is very significant. I just accepted Almighty God’s last days’ work. I still do not understand too much about this aspect of the truth, but I hear brothers and sisters oftestify in a very illuminating way. I will get them to fellowship with you!” I waved my hand and said, “Don’t get them. I’m leaving.” After returning home, I sat stolidly on the couch and thought back to what my sister had said. I felt wild inside and could not calm down. I had always waited for the Lord Jesus to step foot on the Mount of Olives, so how could she suddenly say that the Lord had come to China? How could this be? I ceaselessly leafed through the Bible but did not find a chapter that foretold that the Lord would come to work in China. “At the time when the Lord Jesus did His work, the Pharisees resisted the Lord, and said: ‘Search, and look: for out of Galilee rises no prophet’ (John 7:52). ‘Shall Christ come out of Galilee?’ (John 7:41). But in fact the Lord Jesus was raised in Nazareth in Galilee….” My sister’s words came to my mind from time to time, and I thought that what she said was true. I looked through the Bible for a moment and thought about my sister’s words for a moment. Thinking it over and over again, I did not know what was right, but just called to the Lord in my heart, “Lord, what should I do? Lord, where will You come down?”
A few days later my sister came to find me again. As soon as she entered the house she smiled and said, “Sister, Sister Xie and Sister Hao fromof Almighty God came to my home to support me. They have believed in Almighty God for a long time and understand much more than I do. If there is anything you do not understand about the Lord’s return, go and fellowship with them.” I thought about how I had believed in the Lord for many years and how I had always hoped for the coming of the Lord and how I wanted to know whether or not the Lord had come even more. I had better take advantage of this opportunity to fellowship with them. So I went with my sister to her home. As soon as I entered the room, the two sisters greeted me very warmly and spoke very approachably. They asked me to speak out if I had any questions for everyone to fellowship. So I asked, “You say that the Lord Jesus has already returned and is doing work in China? Are there any grounds in the Bible?” Sister Hao smiled and said, “Sister, the Bible actually does have prophecies about the Lord coming to do work in China in the last days.” I rashly said, “How could this be? I have been through the Bible many times, but have not discovered a single biblical record. Where is the basis in the Bible?” Sister Hao patiently said, “Sister, let’s read two verses of Scripture and you will know. In Malachi 1:11 it says: ‘For from the rising of the sun even to the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; … said Jehovah of hosts.’ In Matthew 24:27 it says: ‘For as the lightning comes out of the east, and shines even to the west; so shall also the coming of be.’ From these two verses of Scripture, we can clearly see that the place where God shall once again descend is the East of the world and it is in the lands of the Gentiles. We all know that China is the East of the world. The first two stages of God’s work were both in Israel. For Israel China is a Gentile nation. Therefore God’s last day’s arrival in China to do work fulfills these prophecies!” After listening to the sisters’ fellowship and pondering the meaning of these two verses of Scripture, I thought that their fellowship was very illuminating. Although I had read these two verses before, I did not see the meaning of the Lord’s return being in the East, China. Listening to them explaining now, I felt that this stemmed from the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit.
Sister Hao went on to say, “Let’s see what Almighty God said: ‘Throughout the universe I am doing My work, and in the East, thunderous crashes issue forth endlessly, shaking all nations and denominations. It is My voice that has led all men into the present. I shall cause all men to be conquered by My voice, to fall into this stream, and submit before Me, for I have long since reclaimed My glory from all the earth and issued it forth anew in the East. Who does not long to see My glory? Who does not anxiously await My return? Who does not thirst for My reappearance? Who does not pine for My loveliness? Who would not come to the light? Who would not look upon the richness of Canaan? Who does not long for the return of the Redeemer? Who does not adore the Great Almighty? My voice shall spread throughout the earth; I wish, facing My chosen people, to speak more words to them. Like the mighty thunders that shake the mountains and rivers, I speak My words to the whole universe and to mankind. Hence the words in My mouth have become man’s treasure, and all men cherish My words. The lightning flashes from the East all the way to the West. My words are such that man is loath to give them up and at the same time finds them unfathomable, but rejoices in them all the more. Like a newborn infant, all men are glad and joyful, celebrating My coming. By means of My voice, I shall bring all men before Me. Thenceforth, I shall formally enter into the race of men so that they will come to worship Me. With the glory that I radiate and the words in My mouth, I shall make it such that all men come before Me and see that the lightning flashes from the East and that I have also descended unto the “Mount of Olives” of the East. They will see that I have already long been on earth, no longer as the Son of the Jews but as the Lightning of the East. For I have long since been resurrected, and have departed from mankind’s midst, and then reappeared with glory among men. I am He who was worshiped countless ages before now, and I am also the infant forsaken by the Israelites countless ages before now. Moreover, I am the all-glorious Almighty God of the present age! Let all come before My throne and see My glorious countenance, hear My voice, and look upon My deeds. This is the entirety of My will; it is the end and the climax of My plan, as well as the purpose of My management. Let every nation worship Me, every tongue acknowledge Me, every man repose his faith in Me, and every people be subject unto Me!’ (‘The Seven Thunders Peal—Prophesying That theof the Kingdom Shall Spread Throughout the Universe’ in The Word Appears in the Flesh). We all know that God brought the gospel of the kingdom the first time He was incarnated. This gospel was passed from the West to the East. But people didn’t expect that God would return to flesh in the East of the world—China, bringing the eternal gospel and doing the work of judging, purifying and saving people. This time God’s work is spread from the East to the West …”
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