II. Typical Testimonies of the Christians and Catholics in Mainland China Who Turned to Almighty God Because of Being Punished for Resisting Almighty God
20. Tang XX, female, aged 56, from Jiangsu Province, formerly a preacher in the Hua Xuehe sect. In June 1998, Almighty God’s end-time work was preached to me. Because I had many notions about it and feared to lose my position, I spared no effort to oppose, slander, and blaspheme it. Besides, I sealed every meeting place, saying, “The little scroll is false. It’s purely deceitful….” My fabrication and slander like this caused the brother and sister to be afraid to accept the true way. On October 15 of that year, another two sisters came to my home to preach God’s end-time work to me. Before they spoke, I said many offensive words to insult them and then drove them out. However, they had just left when I suddenly passed out. For several days, I felt the sky and earth spinning round whenever I opened my eyes. I could not eat or drink and, moreover, I vomited continually. I was hospitalized for ten days and spent over 3,000 yuan. After I got home, my dizziness did not get better but became worse. During that period, our nineteen pigs (worth 6,000 yuan) all died within a day. However, these did not wake me up. One day in August 1999, when my child’s aunt came to preach the gospel to me and my husband, we two wildly condemned God’s work together. That night, my husband suddenly became unconscious. I took him to the hospital and the doctor told me to prepare for his funeral affairs. At this grievous news, I felt as if a knife were being twisted in my heart. In despair, I began to do a deep reflection. “Why doesn’t Jesus keep us? Is Almighty God really Jesus coming second time? If so, haven’t we committed a monstrous sin? …” The more I thought, the more I felt afraid. So I prayed to God, “O Almighty God! We have committed an unforgivable sin. It serves us right that all this comes upon us today. We are willing to repent. As long as we have a breath, we will follow you and firmly hold that you are the only true God, the returned Jesus….” At that very moment, my husband suddenly woke up and repented of what he had done. Thank Almighty God! A month later, another sister came to preach the gospel to me and my husband. Before Almighty God’s boundless love, we shed tears of gratitude and choked with sobs…. Ten days after we accepted the true way, my dizziness went away.
21. Zhao XX, female, aged 37, from Jiangsu Province, formerly a worker in the Joseph Church. Since December 2001, a sister had come to my home many times to preach Almighty God’s end-time work to me. However, I not only rejected it all along, but I also spoke many words of slandering, judging, and condemning God’s work. One day in September 2002, I found a small lump on my tongue. I went to the hospital and was diagnosed with tongue cancer. After I was hospitalized and had an operation, my tongue became so tender and swollen that I could neither speak nor eat. Only ten days later, I got lymph cancer and had another operation on the right side of my neck. The two operations cost me over 8,000 yuan. Then my aunt came to see me and preached God’s end-time work to me once again. After listening to her fellowship, I woke up to the fact that my disease was the punishment I received for resisting Almighty God. Realizing that God’s disposition did not tolerate man’s offense, I immediately came before God, repented and confessed my sins, and asked for his mercy. Then, I was gradually recovering. After I got out of the hospital, I attended meetings, and from then on I became a follower of Almighty God.
22. Cao XX, female, aged 33, from Jiangsu Province, formerly a junior leader in the Three-Self sect. In March 1999, two sisters came to my home to preach God’s end-time work to me, and I drove them away. Later, I reported the matter to our preacher. Besides, I cursed the sisters who preached the gospel at our meeting place. From then on, the misfortunes happened to my family one after another: My child suffered from an illness. My husband had half of his finger cut off by a flour-milling machine. And in August of that year, I fell off a three-wheeler and had my leg run over and broken outright. In March 2000, another person came to preach God’s end-time work to me. After listening, I realized that all the misfortunes of my family were punishment I received for resisting God. So I immediately accepted God’s end-time work.
23. Zhu XX, female, aged 60, from Jiangsu Province, formerly a believer in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. In March 1999, Almighty God’s end-time gospel was preached to me. After listening, I refused to accept it and also hindered others from accepting it. On September 10 of the same year, I got a disease, having a constant high fever and being uncomfortable in my heart. Over ten days later, my youngest son had his finger pinched by a grease-gun while repairing a car. It cost 2,000 yuan to have his finger cured. Not many days after, my husband got heart disease. Meanwhile my disease went from bad to worse, and after an examination by the doctor, I was diagnosed as having the same disease as my husband. Although we two spent over 9,000 yuan on the treatment, we did not get any better. The disease afflicted us so badly that we became like dead people. In early February 2002, my daughter preached God’s end-time work to me again, and I accepted it after listening. After I had attended only three meetings, my husband and I miraculously took a turn for the better. Then I realized all my family’s misfortunes were because I resisted Almighty God.
24. Wang XX, female, aged 35, from Jiangsu Province, formerly a believer in the Local Church. In November 2001, a sister preached Almighty God’s end-time gospel to me many times. But because I had notions about God’s word and because I was disturbed by my leader, I was unwilling to accept it and even wanted to burn the book of Almighty God’s word. Not many days after, little white sores the size of mung beans appeared on my son’s left knee and the crooks of his arms. His arms and leg hurt so much that they could not be bent. Shortly afterward, white sores developed on my head and then on my feet. The sores became bigger and bigger and oozed a lot of pus. Later, after they went away, a cyst the size of a peach pit grew under my left armpit. This succession of sudden misfortunes made me realize that I must have been punished for resisting God. So I immediately went to the sister who preached God’s end-time work and accepted Almighty God’s end-time gospel. Later, both my son and I recovered without knowing it.
25. Wang XX, female, aged 67, from Jiangsu Province, formerly a believer in the Justification by Faith Church. In March 2003, a sister preached God’s end-time work to me, but after I accepted it, I turned back because of my former leader’s disturbance. Later, many other brothers and sisters came successively to preach God’s end-time gospel to me. However, I not only rejected it myself but hindered others from accepting it. In June, I got shingles. My chest and my lower back were covered with small white spots oozing blood and pus and I could not even sit with pain. I suffered like that for more than three months and spent over 2,000 yuan before the shingles were cured. During that period, there were still some brothers and sisters who came to preach the gospel to me. However, I not only did not come to my senses but blasphemed and condemned it. One night in September, when I was lighting mosquito-repellent incense, I accidentally set fire to my mosquito net and had my face and hands blistered from the burning. Only then did I realize that it was God’s punishment that came upon me. So I personally went to a sister in our village who believed in Almighty God, and accepted God’s end-time work.
26. Lu XX, female, aged 63, from Jiangsu Province, formerly a believer in the Hua Xuehe sect. In March 2000, my daughter-in-law preached God’s end-time gospel to me many times, but I stubbornly believed it was false and did not want to accept it. Besides, I spoke many slanders and blasphemies against God, and turned back a brother who had accepted God’s end-time gospel. One day in April, I suddenly ran a high fever, vomited, and could not eat. On examination my disease was hepatitis B. Then from June to November, I successively suffered from cholecystitis, diabetes, gallstones, and kidney stones. These diseases tried me a great deal, but I was not aware that it was God’s punishment that came upon me. Later, I was confined to bed and my weight dropped from 70 kg to 39.5 kg. Not until then did I realize that I must have been punished for resisting Almighty God, whom my daughter-in-law had preached to me. So I wished that she could come to preach the gospel to me once again. On January 25, 2001 (the second day of the first lunar month), my daughter-in-law really came to preach it to me again, and I accepted it gladly. Thank Almighty God for giving me another opportunity to repent! Now I have fully recovered.
27. Zhang XX, male, aged 64, from Anhui Province, formerly a leader in the Way of Life Church. Since 1999, someone had preached God’s end-time work to me many times. However, I did not accept it but condemned and resisted it, not thinking that God could be incarnated to do his work. Moreover, I drove away the person who preached the gospel. On July 28, 2002, when some other people preached it to me, I not only refused to accept it but prayed and cursed them on the spot. As a result, I had just finished my praying when my head hurt as if it would burst, and I felt as if the sky and earth were spinning round. On August 4, at a meeting place I again prayed and cursed those who preached God’s end-time work. However, right after my prayer, my head hurt even more than last time, and it was simply as if I were dying. On the morning of August 5, my eldest daughter preached God’s end-time work to me, but I was still unwilling to accept it because I could not give up my position. Consequently, I got chyluria not long afterward. Two weeks later, I fell from the roof. I became afraid and realized that it was God’s punishment that this series of misfortunes came upon me. So I did not dare to resist anymore but made up my mind to follow Almighty God.
28. Meng XX, male, aged 38, from Anhui Province, formerly a worker in the Hua Xuehe sect. Since August 1998, someone had preached God’s end-time salvation to me many times. However, I did not accept it but resisted it and sealed every meeting place. In mid-June 2002, another person preached God’s end-time gospel to me, and again I drove him away with malicious words. In late June, my Boer goats worth over 1,000 yuan suddenly died. After that, my two children ran a high fever for several days, and I also got kidney stones. We three spent a total of over 800 yuan on the treatment. Shortly afterward, another person preached the gospel to me, but I still doubted it and refused to accept it. On the afternoon of November 5, my limbs were suddenly paralyzed. Then I became afraid and realized that I was punished by God because my heart was too hardened, so I accepted God’s end-time work. Before long I miraculously recovered from my illness.
29. Yang XX, male, aged 48, from Anhui Province, formerly a mid-level leader in the Hua Xuehe sect. Since 2000, the brothers and sisters had preached God’s end-time work to me many times. However, I refused to accept it; on the contrary, I blasphemed God. What’s more, I sealed every meeting place, allowing no one to listen to the end-time gospel. On November 30, 2001, I suddenly got cerebral vasospasm. I felt giddy and nauseated, and sometimes fainted. And my legs hurt so much that I could not walk. I spent over 3,000 yuan on the treatment, but was not cured. On the night of February 14, 2002, I dreamed that someone pointed to the eastern sky and asked me to look. And I saw in midair an old man with the clouds. He, with his beard and hair white, wore a white robe reaching down to his feet, a golden sash around his waist, and a pair of bronze boots on his feet. He smiled and said to me, “Believe in Almighty God, and you will get well. Tomorrow you will be given a book.” Sure enough, a sister brought me a book of God’s word the next day. I did not hesitate anymore but joyfully accepted God’s new work. Later, I was healed of my illness.