I’ve believed in the Lord for over half my life. I’ve worked tirelessly for the Lord and have been on constant lookout for His second coming. If the Lord came, why didn’t I receive His revelation? Has He cast me aside? This has left me very confused. How do you explain this?
Question 2: I’ve believed in the Lord for over half my life. I’ve worked tirelessly for the Lord and have been on constant lookout for His second coming. If the Lord came, why didn’t I receive His revelation? Has He cast me aside? This has left me very confused. How do you explain this?
Answer: Man thinks that if he believes in the Lord for half his life, works hard for the Lord, and vigilantly awaits His second coming, when the Lord comes again He will give revelation to them. This is man’s conception and imagination and is not in keeping with the fact of God’s work. The Jewish Pharisees compassed land and sea spreading the way of God. Did the Lord Jesus ever give them any revelation when He came? As for the disciples that followed the Lord Jesus, which among them followed the Lord Jesus because they had been given revelation? Not one of them! You might argue that Peter received God’s revelation and recognized that the Lord Jesus is Christ, the Son of God, but that was after Peter had been following the Lord Jesus for some time and had heard Him preach for some time and had some knowledge of Him in his heart. Only then did he receive a revelation from the Holy Spirit and was able to recognize the Lord Jesus’ true identity. Certainly Peter did not receive any revelations prior to following the Lord Jesus, this is fact. Those that followed the Lord Jesus were only able to recognize that the Lord Jesus was the coming Messiah after hearing Him preach for some time. They didn’t follow Him because they had received a revelation in advance that allowed them to recognize who the Lord Jesus was. In the last days,has descended secretly among man to do the work of judgment. Millions of people have accepted and followed Almighty God, but not one of them does so because they received a revelation from the Holy Spirit. We follow Almighty God because we recognized God’s voice in our reading of Almighty God’s word and communing on the truth. These facts prove that when God is incarnated to do His work, He certainly does not give revelations to any man to believe in and follow Him. Not to mention, in the last days God expresses truth to do the work of judgment. God’s utterance of His word to the whole universe is His work of the last days. All can hear God’s voice. God’s speech in the last days represents the first time since God’s creation of the world that God has proclaimed His word to all of humanity and to the entire universe. In Revelation, God said many times “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit said to the churches.” In the last days, God works through utterance of His word and expression of the truth to find His sheep. God’s sheep can hear God’s voice. All those that hear and understand God’s voice are God’s sheep, are the wise virgins. Those that do not understand God’s voice must be the foolish virgins. In this all men are distinguished each unto his own kind. This shows how wise and righteous God is!
God has expressed so much of His word, so much of His voice. If we still can’t hear and recognize Him, then are we not just foolish virgins? From every denomination, there’re some believers who have heard the voice of God and returned to Him. Are these not just the “stolen” treasure? The Lord has descended in secret to reclaim these treasures, to make a group of overcomers before the disasters out of those who have first been raptured before God’s throne. As for those that wait passively for God’s revelation but fail to recognize God’s voice in the words He expresses, it can only be said that they do not love the truth, do not know God, and are surely not God’s sheep. Naturally, these are the people that are cast off and eliminated by God. Just as the Lord Jesus said to Thomas: “because you have seen me, you have believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (Jhn 20:29). The Lord Jesus said early on: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (Jhn 10:27). “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). God’s wisdom is apparent here. If God gave revelations to man so that they would believe in Him, then why would God still say that God’s sheep hear His voice? Aren’t they contradictory? God determines whether people are of God based upon whether they can recognize God’s voice. This is God’s fairness and righteousness. As you see, those that did not receive God’s revelation and yet still recognized God’s voice and directly accepted Almighty God are the truly blessed. So, in studying the true way, receiving God’s revelation is not important, the key is whether or not you recognize the voice of God in Almighty God’s words. Only those who realize that God’s word is all truth and accept God, are true believers, lovers of truth and those that thirst for God’s appearance. If man just waits to receive God’s revelation only, then it’s hard to say if this person is a real lover of the truth and one who knows God’s voice. So those that have accepted that the Lord’s coming have done so by listening for the Lord’s voice and recognizing that His word is truth. And that’s why they accept and obey the Lord’s reappearance and work. Only such people are truly raptured before God. If someone just waits for God’s revelation, but neglects to study the words the Holy Spirit speaks to all churches, then such a person has been eliminated and cast off by God’s work, and will be among those that wail and gnash their teeth when caught up in the cataclysms.
from the movie script of The Mystery Of Godliness
Question 1: We believe that the return of the Lord will mean that believers are raised directly up into the kingdom of heaven, for it is written in the Bible: “Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1Ts 4:17). You testify that the Lord Jesus has returned, so why are we now on earth and not yet raptured?
What is the rapture really? Most people aren’t quite clear about that. ...“Being caught up” is not what we think—being taken into the air from the earth and meeting the Lord in the clouds. Nor is it being taken up to heaven. It means that when God returns to earth to speak His words and do His work, we will hear God’s voice and will be able to follow Him and obey His work in the last days. This is the true meaning of being caught up before God’s throne.
What is the difference between a good servant and an evil servant?
Those who serve God should be God’s intimates, they should be beloved by God, and capable of the utmost loyalty to God. Regardless of whether you act behind people, or in front of them, you are able to gain the joy of God before God, … The Holy Spirit works in those whose humanity is good and who love the truth. Those who do not have good humanity and do not love the truth cannot receive the work of the Holy Spirit. When one’s human nature is treacherous, vicious and insidious, then they are an evil person and of course classified as an evil servant. Evil servants are the enemies of God and the object of God’s curse and punishment.
What are the wise virgins? What are the foolish virgins?
Wise virgins can recognize the voice of the Lord, mainly because wise virgins are people that love the truth and seek the truth. They thirst for the appearance of God, that is why they are able to seek and investigate the coming of the Lord. They are able to distinguish the voice of the Lord. Since foolish virgins do not love the truth, they do not seek or investigate the coming of the Lord. All they can do is obstinately cling to the rules. ...This is also a manifestation of a foolish virgin.
Question 3: We believe in the Lord and we spread the gospel as the Lord requires. We frequently give financial aid to deprived areas or to help the disabled, we donate money and items to the church, we do well at our jobs and with our children’s education and we conduct ourselves well. This way, we have glorified the Lord and been approved by Him, and when the Lord returns we will be raptured up into the kingdom of heaven. Why then do we also have to experience God’s work of judgment in the last days?
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, …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.