Question 9: I’d like to know how Almighty God does the work of judgment in the last days, saving man from Satan’s influence. Could you share your experiences and your testimony?
Answer: This is an excellent question! We should ask such key questions while investigating God’s work of the last days. It’s helpful in the quest to gain salvation through our belief in God. Regarding how Almighty God does the work of judgment in the last days to save man from Satan’s influence, let’s read one relevant passage. Almighty God says, “In the last days, Christ uses a variety of truths to teach man, reveal the essence of man, and dissect his words and deeds. These words comprise various truths, such as man’s duty, how man should obey God, how man should be loyal to God, how man ought to live out the normal humanity, as well as the wisdom and disposition of God, and so on. These words are all focused on the essence of man and his corrupt disposition. In particular, those words that reveal how man spurns God are spoken in regard to how man is an embodiment of Satan and an enemy force against God. When God does the work of judgment, He does not simply make clear the nature of man with just a few words, but carries out revelation, dealing, and pruning over the long term. Such manner of revelation, dealing, and pruning cannot be substituted with ordinary words but with the truth that man does not possess at all. Only such manner of work is deemed judgment; only through such judgment can man be persuaded, be thoroughly convinced into submission to God, and gain true knowledge of God. What the work of judgment brings about is man’s understanding of the true face of God and the truth about his rebelliousness. The work of judgment allows man to gain much understanding of the will of God, of the purpose of God’s work, and of the mysteries that could not be understood by man. It also allows man to recognize and know his corrupt substance and the roots of his corruption, as well as to discover the ugliness of man. These effects are all brought about by the work of judgment, for the substance of such work is actually the work of opening up the truth, way, and life of God to all those who have faith in Him. This work is the work of judgment done by God” (“Christ Does the Work of Judgment With the Truth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
“God does the work of judgment and chastisement so that man may know Him, and for the sake of His testimony. Without His judgment of man’s corrupt disposition, man would not know His righteous disposition that allows no offense, and could not turn his old knowledge of God into a new one. For the sake of His testimony, and for the sake of His management, He makes His entirety public, thus enabling man to achieve the knowledge of God, and change his disposition, and bear resounding testimony to God through God’s public appearance. Change is achieved in the disposition of man through different kinds of God’s work; without such changes in man’s disposition, man would be unable to bear testimony to God, and could not be after God’s heart. Changes in man’s disposition signify that man has freed himself from Satan’s bondage, has freed himself from the influence of darkness, and has truly become a model and specimen of God’s work, has truly become a witness of God and someone who is after God’s heart” (“Only Those Who Know God Can Bear Testimony to God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
Since Almighty God expressed the truth to do the work of judgment, God’s chosen people began to eat, drink, and enjoy His words. They fellowshiped about God’s words, the truth, and their own real experiences in every meeting. Almighty God’s words with His righteous disposition come upon God’s chosen people. His words judge and reveal man’s nature and substance of sinning and resisting God, expose and dissect all kinds of states of how man resists and betrays God due to the deception and control that comes with living under Satan’s domain, and reveal His righteousness, majesty, and His disposition intolerant of offense. In these words, God’s chosen people were shown that the disposition of God is righteous, and that God appears to them with both wrath and majesty. They felt extremely regretful and ashamed in the presence of God. Only then did they feel that His holy substance allows no offense, and see that they were too corrupt and ashamed to behold the face of God. They abhorred Satan and hated themselves for being full of satanic dispositions and living as the embodiment of Satan, without any likeness of a real man. This point is when they developed true regret and became willing to accept the truth to start life anew. After experiencing Almighty God’s judgment and chastisement, we realize why corrupt mankind resists and betrays God and lives in sin without release. It’s because they’re all deceived and controlled by the various influences of Satan, like the great red dragon, the religious antichrists, all fallacies and philosophical laws of Satan, and so on. These influences of Satan are just like an invisible snare, firmly binding and controlling all our hearts and minds, so that we can’t see the light and can’t see the appearance of God, nor can we grasp His will. We can only struggle bitterly in the darkness. It’s Almighty God’s judgment by the word that lets us see the fact that mankind is deeply corrupt and the world is dark, evil, and still under Satan’s control. We can see the great red dragon is demonic in nature, and how it deceives and afflicts us, as well as the antichrist nature of the pastors and elders in the religious world, who are hypocritical haters of the truth. We’ve gained discernment of their heresies as well as fallacies. We’ve discovered that we’ve been deeply deceived and corrupted by Satan. Satan’s poisons and its philosophical laws have become our very nature. And living by these, we’ve lived out the ugliness of Satan: arrogant and self-righteous, arbitrary, selfish and contemptible, crooked and crafty, so full of lies, weary of the truth, and having no fear of God. We’ve long embodied Satan with no likeness of a real man. Yet still we long to be raptured to the kingdom of heaven. That’s so shameless. Before, when we were deceived and controlled by the pastors and elders, we followed Satan to resist God unawares, and though believing in God we worshiped man, followed man. We obeyed the pastors and elders in all things, and weren’t able to seek out the truth and obey God. We really were so ignorant, and blind to God. After experiencing Almighty God’s judgment in the last days, we’ve come to understand, and know all the truths expressed to us by Almighty God. We have more and more discernment of positive things and negative things, and have more and more knowledge of God. Our outlook on both life and values has changed as well. Our satanic dispositions are cleansed gradually and we are no longer shackled by Satan’s influence. Satan’s heresies and fallacies won’t fool us easily anymore. We are released from all of the shackles of worldly ties that bind us. We begin to live before God with release and freedom and perform our duty as created beings, and practice living by His words each day. We slowly enter into the reality of truth. We go forth like that, experiencing God’s work face to face with Him. We often accept God’s discipline and dealing in doing our duty and live in God’s love. We all feel Almighty God’s work in the last days is extremely practical! It can indeed save and perfect man! And we deeply realize that only by accepting the judgment before Christ’s throne can we gain the truth and gain life. What Christ of the last days brings us is the everlasting way of life. This is absolutely true!
from the movie script of Break Through the Snare