A work arrangement says: “The year 2006 is a year of great hope. The signs of various aspects show that the great red dragon is nearing its fated end and civil disorder is about to break out. Therefore, we should do our utmost to fulfill our ultimate loyalty to satisfy God. If we miss this opportunity, we will regret it all our lives.” When I read this, I felt that now it was really a crucial time and I must hurry to equip myself with the truth and pursue to enter into life and should no longer be slack as I was before; otherwise, I would miss the opportunity to be saved. So, I pursued actively while watching the domestic situation closely. For a time, I only saw from the news the demonstrations some people held in other countries because of their dissatisfaction with their new governments and the gunfights erupted between various political parties; but the country of the great red dragon, where we are, was still peaceful and stable, and everything went in order and there wasn’t any sign of civil disorder. Then I cast doubt upon the words in the work arrangement “civil disorder is about to break out,” and my sense of urgency to pursue the truth vanished accordingly.
One day, during my spiritual devotions, I happened to read these words of God: “Everything in the whole universe, without exception, is decided by me. Is there anything that is not in my hand? Things will be achieved as I speak. … Today, things have entered into this state and this is still in my plan and my expectation and has long since been predestined by me. Who of you could fathom this stage?” “Today I tell you plainly. If you do not listen, when disasters come upon you in the future, if you only repent and believe at that time, won’t it be too late? …because now I speak and work for the purpose of saving you. … But you do not enter in and do not know good from evil and do not appreciate my kindness. Aren’t such people just waiting for punishment and righteous retribution to come?”
God’s words of severe judgment went straight to my heart, and I suddenly felt too ashamed to show my face. Yes! God is the ruler of all things and is God Godself of great power and of great authority. All things in the whole universe, without exception, are in God’s hand. Things will be achieved as God speaks, and this is God’s nature. But I was disobedient and had no knowledge and understanding of God’s nature, substance, almightiness, and wisdom, and even less had any true faith. When the work arrangement clearly told us, “The great red dragon is nearing its fated end and civil disorder is about to break out,” I did not realize that by this God was warning us for us to see the trend of his work clearly and equip ourselves with the truth as quickly as possible and pursue to enter into life in this short time, so that we could stand firm in the impending great trials. I also didn’t understand God’s eager heart of worrying about our life, and even less did I realize that this was God’s great love and salvation for us. On the contrary, I viewed God’s work with my own mind and notions and with what my physical eyes saw, thinking it incredible that it would come true. Consequently, my life entering was seriously affected. How arrogant, ignorant, blind, foolish and unreasonable I was! A man, less than an ant, is inherently shortsighted. How can he see the fact God will fulfill even if he opens his physical eyes wide? Now I remembered the people in the days of Noah. Didn’t they also view God’s work with their physical eyes and disbelieve that God would destroy the world with a flood? Finally, when the day came, the sudden flood deluged and inundated the whole earth. Apart from the eight members of Noah’s family who survived because they believed God’s word, all those who disbelieved were drowned by the unprecedented overwhelming calamity.
When I thought of this, my heart was full of gratitude toward God: O God! It is you who have timely resolved my notion and aroused my numb, obtuse heart with your words; otherwise, what awaits me will only be your wrathful punishment and righteous retribution. It is really terrible! O God, thank you for your inspiration and enlightenment and even more thank you for your salvation to me. And I have seen my evil heart of disbelieving you and my disobedient nature. I have also gained the knowledge of your word and realized that you are God Godself of full power, full wisdom, and full authority. All what you’ve said will surely be fulfilled one by one, for your nature is a symbol of the highest authority, and you mean what you say and will fulfill what you mean. From now on, I will never again view your work with my physical eyes. I am willing to accept everything from you, view things in your word, correct my viewpoints on things, cooperate with you actively, and equip myself with the truth as soon as possible, so that I can have your keeping and bear a strong and powerful testimony for you in the future trials. I am even more willing to spend more efforts on your word, and to make myself truly become a created being who knows you, obeys you, and fears you.
Linfen City, Shanxi Province