IX. Questions and Answers on Why the True Way Is Subject to Persecution
Question (2): The elders and pastors found out you’ve been witnessing Almighty God to us. They’ve been going around spreading heresies and lies and condemning Almighty God. They sealed off the church and have started harassing and stopping our brothers and sisters that try to hear your sermons. They see us as the thorns in their eyes, the most hated of all. They’re also saying that all those that accept Almighty God will be expelled from the church. The church has clearly split into two factions. Some of the brothers and sisters want to study the true way with us. Others are following the pastors and elders in resisting and condemning the Eastern Lightning. They also treat us as their enemies. Why has the church changed that much in just a few days?
Answer: What we’re now experiencing is a spiritual war! Why do I say that? Actually, each time God is incarnated to appear and do His work, the evil forces of Satan will fanatically resist and condemn Him. This naturally leads to a spiritual war. It exposes and divides the religious community. It’s just as it was during the Age of Grace. The Lord Jesus’ work of redemption stirred the entire Jewish faith. Many people started to follow the Lord Jesus because of what He said and did, but what about the Jewish leaders? When they saw the authority and power of the Lord Jesus’ words and work, they became scared, because they knew very clearly that if they permitted the Lord Jesus to preach and do His work like that, all of the believers would follow the Lord Jesus, and the Jewish faith would soon crumble. Therefore, in order to defend Judaism and secure their own positions and meal tickets, they did everything they could to stop believers from accepting the Lord Jesus. Under these circumstances, people who believed in God separated into many different factions. Some of them hated the truth and resisted and condemned God’s work; they became enemies of God. Some of them had no discernment and became passive observers. There were also some people that heard God’s voice and were able to study and accept His work. These people are the ones who truly obey the work of God. When the religious community encounters the manifestation and work of God, a spiritual war will inevitably follow. Divisions will naturally occur. The Lord Jesus’ words and work back then smashed the prevailing order of Judaism. They exposed and divided Judaism. This is something that should be plain to see for us.
Now everyone already knows that the Lord Jesus has returned, and He is Almighty God incarnate! Almighty God has expressed all truths that can cleanse and save humanity. He has done His work of judgment starting from His house, which sends shock waves through the religious world. Many good sheep and head sheep from all the different denominations have seen that the words of Almighty God are the truth and have power and authority. They all recognize God’s voice and have returned to the Almighty God. Now the pastors and elders in the religious community are having a conniption. They are afraid that when believers see Almighty God’s words, they will all return to Almighty God. This will cause them to be isolated. Therefore, in order to protect their own positions, meal tickets, and eternal control over the religious world, they joined together to zealously resist and condemn Almighty God; they restrict believers from searching for and studying the true way. This leads to another spiritual war. This completely fulfills the biblical prophecies: “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword” (Mat 10:34). “I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them” (Eze 34:10). During this spiritual war, every one of us believers will be confronted with a choice. Those that thirst for the truth and the manifestation of God, have heard the voice of God through their seeking and studying Almighty God’s work in the last days, and have become convinced that Almighty God is the Lord Jesus’ return, the manifestation of God. They have all broken free from the restrictions and controls of those antichrist forces in the religious community. They have been raptured before God’s throne to accept cleansing and salvation and be made perfect. These people are the overcomers that God will make in the last days. Those who follow the religious leaders in rejecting, resisting and condemning Almighty God, are the tares and dogs that God has weeded out in the last days; they are the unbelievers and antichrists. They have already been forsaken by God and fallen into darkness. The appearance and work of Almighty God have brought great famine to the religious world in the last days; everything has been exposed. The wheat and the tares, sheep and goats, wise and foolish virgins, and good and evil servants have been separated and categorized during the spiritual war. From this, we can see the wisdom of God’s work and wonder of His deeds.
Now we all understand that ever since Almighty God carried out His judgment work in the last days, He constantly encountered fanatical resistance and brutal persecution from the satanic CCP regime and the pastors and elders in the religious community. There are not many people among this corrupt human race that really love the truth. There are also not many people in the entire religious world that really yearn for God’s appearance. This completely fulfills the Lord Jesus’ prophecy: “For as the lightning, that lightens out of the one part under heaven, shines to the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation” (Luk 17:24-25). However, no matter how much the devilish CCP and the evil antichrist forces in the religious community persecute or condemn them, what comes from God shall eventually triumph. This is beyond doubt! Look, in just 20 years, Almighty God’s gospel of the last days has spread throughout China. It became common knowledge in this country long ago. The word expressed by Almighty God—The Word Appears in the Flesh—was posted on the Internet long ago. More and more people in every country and every place who hunger for the appearance of God and love the truth are searching online to study Almighty God’s work in the last days. Almighty God’s words and work are like the lightning flashing from the East to the West. This is the fulfillment of the Lord Jesus’ words: “For as the lightning comes out of the east, and shines even to the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Mat 24:27). This shows us that Almighty God’s work is the appearance and work of God in the last days, the work of the second coming of the Lord Jesus! The results of God’s appearance and work will only improve, with more and more people accepting Him, spreading His word, and bearing witness to Him. Time and facts will prove all of this. This is just like the Lord Jesus’ work. In the beginning, no one acknowledged that it was God’s work, but later, the gospel spread, more and more people started to accept it. By the last days, it had spread to the ends of the earth. Almighty God’s work is the same. Now that the words of Almighty God have spread around, more and more people are accepting them and acknowledging that they are the words of God. This is sufficient proof that God’s words are almighty and every sentence shall be fulfilled! God’s words can accomplish everything!
Let us hear one passage of Almighty God’s word: “Throughout the universe I am doing My work, and in the East, thunderous crashes issue forth endlessly, shaking all denominations and sects. It is My voice that has brought all men to the present. I let My voice be that which conquers man; they all fall into this stream and all submit before Me, for I have long ago 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 see the richness of Canaan? Who does not long for the return of the Redeemer? Who does not adore the Great Almighty? My voice must spread throughout all the earth; I wish to speak more to My chosen people. The words I utter shake the mountains and rivers like mighty thunders; I speak to all the universe and to mankind. Hence My words become man’s treasure, and all men cherish them. The lightning flashes from the East even to the West. My words are such that man loathes to give them up and finds them unfathomable, but moreover, man rejoices in them. Like a newborn infant, all men are glad and joyful, celebrating My coming. Because of My voice, I shall bring all men before Me. Thenceforth, I shall formally enter among men so that they come to worship Me. The glory I give forth and My words 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 the Son of the Jews but the Lightning of the East. For I have long since been resurrected, gone away from among men, then reappeared among men with glory. I am He who was worshiped before the ages, and the ‘infant’ forsaken by the Israelites before the ages. Moreover, I am the all-glorious Almighty God of the present age! Let all come before My throne to see My glorious countenance, hear My voice, and watch My deeds. This is the entirety of My will; it is the end and climax of My plan, as well as the purpose of My management. Let every nation worship Me, every tongue acknowledge Me, every man trust Me, and every people be subject unto Me!” (“The Seven Thunders Peal—Prophesying That the Gospel of the Kingdom Shall Spread Throughout the Universe” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
Anyone who has read Almighty God’s words admits that Almighty God’s words are the truth, the voice of God. This is enough to prove that Almighty God is the second coming of the Lord Jesus. Since we believe in the Lord and follow the Lord, we need to accept the return of the Lord Jesus. This is what it means to be a person that follows the Lamb’s footsteps. No matter how long people have believed in the Lord, if they do not accept or acknowledge Him when He returns, they will be forsaken by the Lord. The Lord Jesus’ return really will reveal people. Only those who listen to the Bridegroom’s voice and can accept it are the wise virgins. Only those who attend the Lamb’s wedding banquet have the opportunity to obtain God’s approval, be cleansed, and enter Christ’s kingdom. If people only believe in the Lord Jesus’ name, do not accept His return, and do not accept the truth Christ of the last days expresses, how can the Lord Jesus acknowledge them? The Lord Jesus will definitely condemn them and say, “I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity” (Mat 7:23). They are just like what the Pharisees were; they believed in the name of Jehovah God only, and did not accept the Lord Jesus incarnate, instead choosing to fanatically resist and condemn the Lord Jesus. Did their belief in God earn His approval? Not only were they not approved of by God, but they were cursed and punished by Him. Therefore, the people that believe in the Lord but only keep His name, they who believe in a vague God in heaven but do not obey God’s work in the last days and do not accept the truth expressed by Almighty God, Christ of the last days, they are exactly the same as the Pharisees. They both believe in God in name only. In reality, they resist and betray God. They must all be forsaken by God. The Lord Jesus’ return will expose all men. This is something that we should clearly understand!
from the movie script of Faith in God