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  • Hey, Brother Xiang.

  • Yes?

  • Have you heard that saying?

  • Which one?

  • This one: "Your eyes can deceive you. Hearing is believing."

  • Yes.

  • - See, this— - Wait, wait, wait.

  • That's wrong, that's wrong!

  • No, it's not.

  • - It's backwards. - Not at all!

  • It should be "Your ears can deceive you; seeing is believing."

  • Seeing is believing?

  • That's Right.

  • As for welcoming the Lord, believing only what we see is a real big problem.

  • Why do you say that?

  • I know that onethe Lord Jesus said that one to Thomas.

  • He did.

  • Thomas didn't believe the Lord had been resurrected

  • until He personally appeared to Thomas after that.

  • The Lord condemned him for that.

  • Indeed.

  • Wait, what does that have to do with welcoming the Lord?

  • Everything, my brother!

  • Oh?

  • Those who won't accept the Lord until they finally see Him returning on a cloud

  • will be themselves condemned just like Thomas.

  • That's so?

  • I made that mistake and was almost cast aside, rejected entirely by the Lord!

  • Seriously? What's the story behind all this?

  • So I'm waiting for years for the Lord to return on a cloud and bring us into heaven.

  • Yeah.

  • I'm always gazing up at the sky, looking for the Lord.

  • That's right, all of us believers gaze up at the sky.

  • But I wait and wait until the four blood moons appear,

  • all sorts of disasters happen, the pandemic ravages the world,

  • but I still haven't greeted the Lord.

  • The anxiety is just killing me.

  • I understand.

  • So, if we still aren't able to welcome the Lord,

  • we'll probably perish in the great disasters, right?

  • Absolutely right!

  • Most of the prophecies of the Lord's coming have been fulfilled.

  • That's true.

  • So why hasn't He returned on a cloud to take us with Him into His kingdom?

  • I don't know, either.

  • I read and reread the Bible, trying to figure this out.

  • Great.

  • I even go surfing to find my answer.

  • Surfing?

  • Surfing the web!

  • Oh, you

  • One day I see a post.

  • Brother Chen posted something interesting online that says

  • Says what?

  • "Did you know that the Lord has already returned in secret and spoken?"

  • The Lord has returned in secret?

  • "2,000 years ago,

  • He's already come back just as He promised, as Almighty God Himself in the flesh."

  • Wow!

  • "He expresses truths to do the work of judgment beginning with God's house.

  • He's uttered millions of words during His work

  • which are what the Holy Spirit says to the churches in the last days.

  • This truly fulfills the prophecy in Revelation:

  • The Lord has returned and has spoken?

  • He has returned, become flesh, and spoken?

  • It's the first I've heard of that.

  • The pastor never mentioned it.

  • So it looks like I have to

  • Check it out!

  • Sayonara.

  • No, no, no, wait.

  • You can't just do that. You simply can't!

  • Why?

  • Welcoming the Lord is a big deal. Let's learn more about it.

  • The problem is, our pastor has us waiting for the Lord to return on a cloud,

  • and that's what the entire religious world does.

  • I've never heard about the Lord coming again in the flesh.

  • You're right.

  • Just as I'm about to close the page,

  • Brother Chen sends a passage of Almighty God's words.

  • It strikes me just like a bolt of lightning.

  • What is it? Is it really that powerful?

  • I'll read it for you.

  • Okay.

  • So it'll be too late to welcome the Lord when He comes on a cloud,

  • and we'll be punished then?

  • That's why I just couldn't sit still after reading this.

  • And?

  • "To be punished?

  • Won't the Lord return on a cloud and take us straight up into heaven?

  • So why does it say we'll be punished

  • when we see the Lord Jesus coming down from heaven?

  • What's all this about?"

  • Hold on, you have to ask what it's all about.

  • Alright!

  • Hey, Brother Chen responded.

  • Oh?

  • "An essential question. Essential!"

  • Yeah.

  • "In the last days the Lord returns in two stages."

  • Two stages?

  • "In secret, God incarnates before the disasters happen to make the overcomers.

  • After the disasters He comes in clouds to reward good and punish evil.

  • If we only accept Him when He returns to us on a cloud,

  • we'll miss the chance to be perfected into overcomers by God,

  • and we'll just be punished when the Lord comes openly,

  • weeping and crying in agony."

  • The Lord comes in two stages, first in secret, and then openly, right?

  • That's right.

  • That's the first time I've ever heard that.

  • I can't figure it out either.

  • Why haven't I seen it in the Bible that He'll return to us in the flesh in secret?

  • Exactly.

  • Right then, Brother Chen just bam! bam! bam!

  • What? What does he do?

  • He sends me a few verses.

  • Oh yes.

  • Are these related to the Lord arriving in secret?

  • I'm just mulling it over when Brother Chen responds again.

  • "The Lord Jesus mentioned 'the coming of the Son of man'

  • and said 'the Son of man comes' many times.

  • 'The Son of man' is born of a human, with normal humanity.

  • The Lord called His return 'the coming of the Son of man.'

  • So it's about God incarnating as the Son of man in the last days

  • and coming in secret."

  • Didn't "the Son of man" in these verses refer to the Lord Jesus?

  • "Are you confused?

  • The Lord Jesus was God in the flesh. Yes, He was the Son of man."

  • That's right.

  • "But that was the Lord's prophecy about His return to us.

  • How could that be about the Lord Jesus?"

  • That's right! How come I never realized that before?

  • "The Lord said this about Him returning to all of us in the flesh.

  • Christ of the last days, Almighty God, is the Son of man incarnate.

  • He looks ordinary, with normal humanity, just as the Lord Jesus.

  • From looking at Him, no one would know that He's God.

  • That's why His incarnation is kept secret from all humanity.

  • But in fact God in the flesh has a divine essence.

  • He can bring us truths, do God's work, cleanse and save mankind.

  • Those who truly desire God's appearance

  • recognize God's voice when they read Almighty God's words.

  • They accept and follow Him.

  • It's just as the Lord Jesus said:

  • So it means the Lord has already come in secret

  • and we can only welcome Him if we hear God's voice?

  • That's exactly it!

  • So then, Brother Chen bam! bam! bam! fires over more verses.

  • Oh good.

  • Have all these come to pass yet?

  • Keep listening.

  • Okay.

  • "Almighty God incarnate's appearance and work fulfill these biblical prophecies."

  • It's true.

  • "God incarnate knocks at our doors with His words,

  • and if we recognize His voice, accept and submit to Him,

  • we are all the wise virgins who welcome the Lord and then attend His feast."

  • That's wonderful!

  • After hearing all this, I felt like a train emerging out a long tunnel

  • What do you mean by that?

  • Into the light!

  • God incarnate arriving in secret is totally in line with the Bible.

  • I've read these words plenty of times. Why haven't I ever seen that before?

  • We've just been listening to pastors and elders all this time,

  • stupidly waiting for the Lord to come on a cloud and take us into heaven.

  • We don't know how to listen to God's voice and welcome Him.

  • Isn't that a really big problem?

  • - It really is a problem. - Definitely.

  • Brother Chen said

  • that Almighty God brings us truths to do the work of judgment,

  • to fully save all mankind,

  • so we can escape sin and be taken into His kingdom.

  • Oh.

  • When a group of overcomers has been made,

  • God incarnate's work in secret will finally come to a close.

  • He'll rain down disasters, reward good and punish evil.

  • Those who don't accept God's work of the last days

  • while He's working in secret,

  • but resist and condemn Almighty God, Christ of the last days,

  • will of course fall in the disasters.

  • When the Lord comes openly on a cloud,

  • they'll be weeping and gnashing their teeth.

  • Yeah, that's absolutely right.

  • This fulfills the prophecy in Revelation 1:7.

  • Amen.

  • So that's how "kindreds of the earth shall wail" will happen.

  • Right!

  • Now I finally get why Almighty God said

  • Now I get it too!

  • Half of it.

  • Huh?

  • I still can't figure some things out.

  • Tell me.

  • Our sins, they've been forgiven and we've been saved by our faith and God's grace,

  • so why doesn't the Lord come on a cloud and take us straight up into heaven?

  • Why does He have to

  • become flesh and do the work of judgment?

  • We're on the same page!

  • I asked about this.

  • So Brother Chen hits me right there

  • with a few words,

  • "It's true that our sins have been forgiven.

  • But did the Lord Jesus say that would simply allow us into the kingdom of heaven?"

  • You know, He never actually said

  • that it would grant us entry into the kingdom of heaven.

  • That's true.

  • Brother Chen then sends bam! bam! bam! a few more verses.

  • Afraid I won't understand, Brother Chen shares fellowship:

  • "The Lord was extremely clear.

  • We have to truly repent and follow the Lord's will to enter the kingdom of heaven."

  • That's the standard for getting into it.

  • "Look at us then

  • we've been forgiven, but we're still always lying and sinning.

  • We're arrogant, deceitful, evil, vicious, hard, and despise the truth.

  • We have all these corruptions.

  • We lust after money, vanity, fleshly pleasures, and follow worldly trends."

  • This

  • "We live in a cycle of sinning, confessing, and sinning again.

  • We can't keep the Lord's commandments.

  • Are we really people who both obey God and follow His will?"

  • Well

  • "Have we truly repented then?"

  • Not really.

  • "Without true repentance, can we even enter God's kingdom?"

  • Definitely not.

  • - I have one more question for you. - Yeah?

  • So, our pastor said to us

  • that since the Lord Jesus was our eternal sin offering,

  • even though we're always sinning, He's forgiven all of our sins for good,

  • so He doesn't see us as sinful anymore,

  • and we can get into the kingdom of heaven when He comes.

  • Did you ask Brother Chen about that?

  • Of course I did, but he stumped me again.

  • Huh?

  • "Does the Lord not seeing us as sinful mean that all of a sudden we're holy?

  • Does it mean that we're free from sin?

  • The Bible also says,

  • Would God treat people who sin often as holy?

  • If people who sin and resist God got into His kingdom,

  • wouldn't they keep resisting?

  • Would God really let someone like that into His kingdom?"

  • What great questions, huh?

  • They had me sweating.

  • So without getting rid of sin

  • we can't truly repent

  • or see the Lord's face

  • or get into God's kingdom!

  • Brother Chen, right then, bam! bam! bam!

  • Sent more Scripture verses?

  • A passage of Almighty God's words.

  • Oh? What was it?

  • Through Almighty God's words and Brother Chen's patient fellowship

  • I finally got it.

  • Great!

  • So the Lord Jesus only did the work of redemption,

  • not the work to judge and purify people in the last days.

  • Our faith just allows sins to be forgiven, but we still have a sinful nature.