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  • Once I found faith, I learned how to pray and read the Bible,

  • and I did my utmost to follow the Lord's words.

  • Later, I watched lots of online videos on judgment in the last days.

  • They share these verses from Revelation:

  • In the last days, the Lord Jesus sits on the great white throne in white robes,

  • and all kneel before Him.

  • He judges every person according to their deeds in life.

  • Those of sin go to hell to be punished.

  • Those not of sin are raptured to His kingdom.

  • These videos filled my mind with images of the Lord's judgment.

  • I believed that His judgment in the last days would be as the videos said.

  • I resolved to follow the Lord's teachings,

  • so when He returned to judge us He'd welcome me into the kingdom.

  • In 2004, Indonesia suffered a tsunami, killing over 200,000 people.

  • I realized this was God's wrath.

  • He was warning us that the day of judgment would soon come.

  • Over my many years of faith

  • I'd done my utmost to practice the Lord's teachings,

  • but I couldn't put His words into practice, or love others as myself.

  • I became angry when I heard my mother-in-law criticize me to my sister-in-law,

  • and I resented her for it.

  • I craved wealth and followed worldly trends.

  • The Bible says:

  • God is holy and the unholy can't behold God's face.

  • Amen!

  • But I was always sinning and confessing and hadn't rid myself of sin.

  • Would the returned Lord judge me and send me to hell?

  • So I asked some pastors how to solve the problem of sinning.

  • They said,

  • "If we pray to the Lord and confess and repent,

  • the Lord will forgive our sins."

  • But this didn't solve my problem in the slightest.

  • I kept sinning and confessing.

  • Every time I sinned, I would feel so afraid.

  • I understood that the Lord would come in the last days

  • to judge all of us by our actions.

  • If I continued sinning, in the end, I'd be judged and condemned.

  • How could I enter God's kingdom?

  • I felt so anxious.

  • In two thousand eighteen, my husband joined gatherings online.

  • He looked so happy every day, and he became a lot more engaged in his faith.

  • I got curious about what they were talking about in their gatherings.

  • One day, my husband said,

  • "The Lord Jesus has returned as Almighty God.

  • He's doing judgment work."

  • I was simply astounded.

  • If the Lord Jesus had returned,

  • He would be sitting upon a great white throne in the sky,

  • judging us all, one by one.

  • This spectacle hadn't yet been sighted,

  • so then how could the last days' judgment have already begun?

  • When I said this to my husband, he laughed and said,

  • "God's work of judgment in the last days is not how we might imagine it.

  • God has come to the earth in the flesh and He is expressing the truth to judge us."

  • My doubts grew and I wondered:

  • How could the Lord judge us through the act of expressing words?

  • I'd never heard a pastor or elder say that.

  • As my husband had just accepted Almighty God's work of the last days,

  • he couldn't explain it well,

  • so he asked me to meet with people from The Church of Almighty God.

  • I initially didn't want to,

  • but thinking that my husband was a thoughtful man

  • who was deeply earnest in his faith,

  • that he really believed the Lord had returned and was performing judgment work,

  • I knew there's a reason.

  • To find out whether the Lord really had returned,

  • I agreed to join their gatherings.

  • At a gathering, a Church member named Sister Liu gave fellowship on my question:

  • "The judgment of the great white throne in Revelation

  • was a vision John saw on the island of Patmos,

  • prophesying God's work in the last days.

  • It wasn't the facts of God's work.

  • We can't try to grasp this prophecy using our notions.

  • The Bible says:

  • We must all have a truly God-fearing heart when it comes to prophecies.

  • Prophecies come from God and are quite mysterious,

  • only God can reveal their meaning."

  • Amen!

  • "What's more, people only grasp them once they've been fulfilled.

  • If we were to interpret them literally,

  • we'd likely delimit God's work and offend God."

  • Right.

  • "The Pharisees went by the literal meaning of Scripture,

  • imagining that the Messiah would be born into a grand palace and would come to power.

  • But the exact opposite occurred.

  • The Lord not only wasn't born in a palace,

  • He was born in a manger as the son of a carpenter,

  • and He never came to power.

  • The Pharisees stubbornly clung to their notions

  • and refused to acknowledge the Lord as the Messiah.

  • They could see that His words and work had authority and power and came from God,

  • but nevertheless, they still resisted and even condemned Him.

  • We know they had the Lord crucified in the end.

  • So God punished them for deeply offending His disposition."

  • Right.

  • "It is crucial that we learn from the Pharisees

  • and try not to grasp prophecies and limit God's work with our notions."

  • Yes.

  • What she said was very enlightening and accorded with the Bible as well.

  • All prophecies come from God and His thoughts are loftier than man's.

  • God's wisdom is also loftier.

  • Amen!

  • Only God knows the details of how prophecies are to be fulfilled.

  • How could man ever fathom God's work?

  • Right!

  • I realized I couldn't delimit God's work with my own notions.

  • I asked the sister,

  • "You testify God has incarnated and returned in the last days,

  • voicing truth and doing judgment work.

  • What does all this mean?

  • How is this all connected with the judgment of the great white throne in the Bible?"

  • The sister looked up these verses in the Bible:

  • And this in First Peter:

  • Amen!

  • She then gave fellowship:

  • "These biblical verses mention,

  • We see that God comes to earth in the last days to do judgment work.

  • One of them says,

  • 'Son' and 'Son of man' mean someone born of man and possessing normal humanity.

  • Like the Lord Jesus, though He may appear ordinary on the outside,

  • He has God's Spirit and a divine essence within.

  • God's Spirit and His spiritual body can't be called the Son of man.

  • These verses prove God will incarnate as the Son of man in the last days

  • to express the truth and to perform judgment work,

  • and this judgment work begins with God's house.

  • This means those who hear God's voice and come before His throne will be judged first."

  • She then read some passages of Almighty God's words:

  • Thanks be to God!

  • I'll read the next one.

  • Sure.

  • May I read the next one?

  • Sure.

  • Thank God!

  • The sister then gave fellowship and said,

  • "God doesn't do His judgment work in the last days as we imagine,

  • with everybody upon their knees, and God revealing our sins one by one,

  • and deciding if we go to heaven or the lake of fire.

  • If God judged man like this, none would be fit to enter His kingdom."

  • True.

  • "Satan corrupted us and filled us with satanic dispositions,

  • so once we have faith in the Lord we may do some good deeds,

  • behave kindly, spread the gospel and work hard for the Lord,

  • but we still have a sinful nature within.

  • We still keep sinning and we can't keep the Lord's teachings."

  • True.

  • "If the Lord doesn't do what we want, then we begin to blame Him.

  • We lie and cheat for the sake of our own interests and prestige.

  • When our interests are impacted, we hate people and take revenge on them.

  • The Bible says,

  • Can people as sinful as we are get into the kingdom of heaven?

  • If God judged and condemned us based on our current behavior,

  • wouldn't we all be punished and annihilated?"

  • Yes.

  • "So to save mankind from sin once and for all,

  • God has incarnated as the Son of man and returned in secret in the last days.

  • He is Almighty God

  • who expresses the truth and works to judge and to cleanse mankind.

  • This in fact is the judgment of the great white throne in Revelation.

  • God performs His work of judgment

  • by first becoming flesh and expressing the truth to cleanse and save man

  • and make a group of overcomers.

  • He'll then bring the disasters to destroy this evil age,

  • rewarding the good and punishing the wicked.

  • Finally He'll appear to all people, then His judgment work will be finished."

  • Yes.

  • "When the great disasters rain down

  • is not when the judgment of the great white throne will begin,

  • but when it will end.

  • At that time all whose corrupt dispositions have been cleansed,

  • through the judgment of God's words at the time of His secret work,

  • will survive the disasters with God's protection

  • and He will lead them into His kingdom."

  • - Amen! - Thank God!

  • "Those who denied and condemned Almighty God, during the time of His secret work,

  • will be swept away by unprecedented disasters to be punished while the gnashing of teeth."

  • My heart brightened after her fellowship.

  • It turned out God's judgment work in the last days wasn't as I'd imagined,

  • with God sitting upon a great white throne judging people one by one,

  • and sending them up to heaven or down to hell.

  • God's judgment work is done in stages.

  • First He voices the truth to uproot man's sinful nature and cleanse them,

  • giving them a chance to repent and change.

  • Yes.

  • Then He appears in the open to reward goodness and to punish evil.

  • That image I had in my head for so long of the great white throne

  • will be the scene of God's judgment work ending.

  • If I waited till then to accept God's work of the last days, it'd be too late,

  • and I'd have missed my chance at salvation.

  • That's true.

  • I realized I had to look into Almighty God's work.

  • So I asked the sister,

  • "How exactly does God judge and cleanse us with His words?"

  • She read some of Almighty God's words, which I will read to you now.

  • Great.

  • Thank God!

  • She continued her fellowship, saying,

  • "In expressing the truth to perform His work of judging and cleansing man,

  • God doesn't just write a few lines or say some words.

  • He expresses all the truths which cleanse and save mankind."

  • Right.

  • "He reveals such important truths as how Satan corrupts man,

  • how God saves man, who God blesses,

  • who He eliminates and who can be saved

  • and get into His kingdom and so forth.

  • He exposes and dissects man's God-resisting satanic nature,

  • and utterly reveals all the satanic dispositions and poisons we carry within us.

  • We see in the judgment of God's words

  • the truth and reality of our corruption by Satan.

  • We come to know our sinful God-resisting nature and its root cause,

  • and we see how deeply rooted within us our satanic dispositions are,

  • such as arrogance, deceitfulness, evil, and despising the truth."

  • Yes.

  • "For example,

  • though we can take being mocked and slandered by unbelievers,

  • and expend ourselves for the Lord,

  • though we don't stop preaching the kingdom gospel,

  • even when it means imprisonment,

  • when calamity does strike and our future prospects look bleak,

  • we still complain and blame God,

  • we regret the efforts we've made,

  • and we may even deny and betray God.

  • We see that all the efforts we made

  • were just to get God's grace and blessings, and to be rewarded.

  • Such efforts as these are impure.

  • We're making deals with God and cheating the Lord."

  • Yes.

  • "Only then do we see how corrupted we are,

  • and that we don't revere God and are without conscience or reason.

  • Through God's judgment and chastisement,

  • we start to know God's righteous and majestic disposition.

  • We begin to revere God,

  • to truly hate ourselves, and willingly forsake our flesh and practice truth.

  • Our corruptions begin to be cleansed away, and we start living out a human likeness."

  • Thank God!

  • "Those who have been judged by the words of God for years

  • know that from the bottom of their hearts

  • that God's judgment can indeed cleanse and change people,

  • and that it is His love and salvation for man."

  • Amen!

  • I saw from her fellowship just how practical God's judgment work really is.

  • God expresses words in order

  • to judge and expose our corruptions and the root cause of our sins,

  • to instruct us on how to change, and to cleanse and save us.

  • Whenever I would sin before, I'd ask the Lord to forgive me,

  • but then I couldn't help but to sin again,

  • because I hadn't yet accepted God's judgment in the last days.

  • I'd now finally found the path to be rid of sin and be cleansed.

  • Thanks be to God!