36. How many people within religion will turn back to God in the disasters?
Relevant Words of God:
As I turn My face to the universe to speak, all mankind hears My voice, and thereupon sees all the works I have wrought throughout the universe. Those who go contrary to My will, that is to say, who oppose Me with the deeds of man, will fall down under My chastisement. I will take the multitudinous stars in the heavens and make them anew, and thanks to Me the sun and the moon will be renewed—the skies will no longer be as they were; the myriad things on the earth will be renewed. All will become complete through My words. The many nations within the universe will be partitioned afresh and replaced by My nation, so that the nations upon the earth will disappear forever and become a nation that worships Me; all the nations of the earth will be destroyed, and will cease to exist. Of the human beings within the universe, all those belonging to the devil will be exterminated; all who worship Satan will be laid low by My burning fire—that is, except for those now within the stream, the rest will be turned to ashes. When I chastise the many peoples, those in the religious world will, to varying extents, return to My kingdom, conquered by My works, because they will have seen the advent of the Holy One riding on a white cloud. All of humanity will follow their own kind, and will receive chastisements varying with what they have done. Those who have stood against Me will all perish; as for those whose deeds on the earth have not involved Me, they will, because of how they have acquitted themselves, continue to exist on the earth under the governance of My sons and My people. I will reveal Myself to the myriad peoples and the myriad nations, sounding forth with My own voice upon the earth to proclaim the completion of My great work for all mankind to see with their own eyes.
from “Chapter 26” of God’s Words to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Sermon and Fellowship Excerpts for Reference:
Some people say, “In the end, how many people within religious circles will be able to believe in Almighty God?” Read more of Almighty God’s words and you will know. At present, the gate of grace has not yet closed, and we have not reached the time of great disasters. Especially during the great disasters, there will be some people within the religious world who return to God to varying degrees. This is why you can’t presently determine “All those within the religious world who do not accept Almighty God must perish.” There is still a bit of time. During this time, do you know who in religious circles will accept God, and who will not accept God? This is something that we can’t see clearly; only God knows. However, when we spread the gospel and testify about God to the religious people, we find that they reject this. They all oppose and condemn Almighty God. Haven’t we all seen this? And so, spreading the gospel to religious people is extremely difficult. This determines that those within religious circles who will ultimately return to Almighty God are extremely few in number. This is because they are too tightly constrained by pastors, elders and religious notions; they are too deeply deceived by negative propaganda. They don’t possess hearts of seeking the truth and investigating the true way. Is this not true? If you go into a religious site to spread the gospel, you’ll meet with the following: First, you’ll be rejected and get your nose rubbed in the dirt; second, you’ll be shamed; third, you’ll be attacked jointly, or derided and condemned. There will even be people who will take your picture without your consent and show it to all the others within their church and say, “This person has come to spread the gospel of Almighty God. No one should receive him.” This is how the religious world treats anyone who comes to spread the gospel of Almighty God in the last days. What does this show? The religious world has long functioned as a steadfast fortress for the antichrists and has become part of Satan’s evil forces. However, you can’t say that no one from the religious world can be saved—there are those who can be saved, it’s just that they are very, very few in number.
from Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life, Volume 132
Some people ask, “Why do you say that there won’t be many people from within religion who accept God’s work before the great disasters? I don’t think that’s a sure thing.” From within believers from the Age of Grace, within any given church, are most of them there to genuinely pursue the truth, or merely eat their fill of His bread? Most people are there merely to eat their fill of His bread. Aren’t there many people who are possessed by demons, speak in tongues, receive revelations, see visions, cure illnesses, cast out demons, and display miracles? Those possessed by demons make up a portion, those who merely eat their fill of His bread make up a portion, and others who are antichrists and the wicked who hate the truth also make up a portion. And then there are the confused people who don’t have the foggiest understanding of the truth. Once we take out these groups of people, will those remaining who love the truth constitute the majority? Will they even make up 10% overall? No, it’s not possible! Is this not the actual state of things? So, those within the religious community who will be able to return before God before the great disasters are the smallest minority of people; they absolutely will not constitute a majority, because people within religion who love the truth have always been extremely few in number. This is entirely factual, and not said without basis.
from Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life, Volume 133