Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles How's it going? (Some haven't been caught.) Go over there. Search! Cops! That way! Sister Fu! Sister Fu! Open the door! Are the police here to arrest people? Several were taken from our church too. Lucky I was not home at the time! Close call! Sister Zheng, what about your church? They captured three of our deacons, and some brothers and sisters were arrested. More than 20 at our Desheng Church were arrested. Our meeting place raided. Our Shengcheng Church was the same. I was lucky to escape. I don't know how many brothers and sisters were captured. These cops are like bandits. They've no regard for the law! Yeah! Bandits! Yes! Thanks to Brother Yan's timely warning, several deacons at our church managed to hide. Thanks be to the Lord! However, some could not be contacted in time and were arrested. Several meeting places were raided. The cops turned our homes upside down. They took away anything that was valuable. They are simply robbers! (Yeah!) The CCP captures and persecutes Christians. It's happened many times over the years. (Yeah. Yes.) Our hearts will soon break! That's right! Indeed. Yeah! Who is it? It's me! Oh, it's Brother Li. You made it. Thanks be to the Lord! Brother Li, take a seat! Where's Elder Wang? He's been arrested! (Arrested?) What happened? Please tell us. It's just last night, armed police raided our village. The police stormed straight into Elder Wang's home, raiding his home, seizing people like demons. They are loathsome! They've always been like this! (Yeah! Yes!) I wanted to warn others but it was too late, so I could only hide. I found out this morning more than thirty from our church were captured. The raid was similar to last time, coordinated by armed police. Yeah! The CCP captures believers in the middle of the night. It's impossible to defend against! Yes. You are right. It's impossible! They grab Christians at night to avoid being spotted and angering the masses. The CCP is too cunning! (Yes, they are evil.) Persecution has increased since Xi Jinping came to power. He is also a demon! Yes, that's right! Absolutely! He truly is a demon. Now, the CCP is trying to ban house churches! It's malicious! (Indeed.) The arrests of Christians in house churches have gotten even more outrageous. No matter who is in charge, the CCP is a God-resisting demon. (Yes!) They are all the same! (They are all God's enemies!) They seem to have vowed to eradicate the church! I fear we can no longer meet. No meetings? Is that OK? (No.) It's widely known we believe in the Lord. If we're captured, we'll be tormented to death! I live in fear every day. Belief in the Lord is righteous, yet why must I act like a thief? (Yes.) When will these days end? I feel we should lay low and not meet for a little while. Is that the Lord's will? (It is not.) This is wisdom. It's not cowardice! I think the CCP's persecution of Christians won't stop. It will only get worse. (It's true.) Belief in the Lord in China requires wisdom. (Yes.) I also think hiding for a while is in line with the Lord's will. (That's right.) I fear that those who've been captured will spend years in prison unless they sign a letter of repentance! Those prisons are a living hell. There's no guarantee they'll survive! (Yeah.) It's too terrifying! Brothers and sisters, God's good intentions are contained in the persecution that befalls us. As believers, we must suffer the persecution. Through the CCP's persecution, God's testing people and perfecting our faith, (Yeah.) so when we encounter persecution, we should be cautious and wise, but not afraid! God is almighty. Our lives are within God's hands! (Yes! Absolutely right!) Though we live under Satan's domain, without God's permission, Satan does not dare to take our lives. Yes. If we hide from fear of being sent to prison, and become hesitant, afraid of death, and scared to work for Him, then how can we bear witness to the Lord? (Indeed.) We'd be exposed and eliminated through being tried! Indeed. The cowardly are not worthy of entering God's kingdom! (Amen!) Therefore, the more the CCP persecutes us, the more we should have faith and loyalty to the Lord, (Amen!) and water brothers and sisters. Thus, we can have true testimonies, (Yes!) and enter the kingdom of heaven when the Lord descends with the clouds. Amen! Thanks be to the Lord! And when that happens, all the persecution will be over. Indeed. Thanks be to God. As the Lord Jesus said, Amen! Praise the Lord. (Oh, how I long for that day!) The Lord's faithful! These words will surely be fulfilled! It'll be fulfilled! (Yes!) With such a bad environment, it's inevitable that believers have some fear in their hearts. What's most important now is to think of ways to support them. Right. Yes, it's a matter of urgency! Lead others to pray and read the Bible, so they will understand the Lord's will. (It's true.) That way, we'll stand the testimony for the Lord through the trials. (Amen!) Thanks be to the Lord! Thank the Lord! Yes. We should support our brothers and sisters. (Mm, right.) This is a test to us all. Sister He, since undergoing the CCP's crackdown, how're the brothers and sisters doing? Most are feeling scared and weak. Seeing brothers and sisters like this … No matter how scared and weak they may feel, as co-workers, we first must be strong and care for the Lord's will. It's so. Only then can we support brothers and sisters. (Yes.) Sister Fu, to be honest, since the CCP government's crackdown, we would've collapsed had we not prayed to the Lord! Even now, we have not recovered from it. Sister He, what you say is quite true! I've also gotten through the CCP's persecution and arrest through praying to the Lord. Thank the Lord! I could not have stood firm without the Lord's words and His promise as well. Indeed. We've all relied on the Lord. Sister Fu, I have a dilemma and would like your advice. Sure, tell me about it. All these years, we've looked forward to entering the kingdom of heaven. But the Lord still hasn't come. When will there be an end to this suffering? We always say the Lord has arrived at the door, but yet He still has not come. Our faith has become quite weak! It's 2016 now; the prophecies of His return are basically fulfilled. The four blood moons appeared. Even non-believers know that the great disaster is imminent. Therefore, the Lord should have returned. So how is it that we still have not welcomed Him? Yeah. I'm uneasy about this in my heart. If we keep watching the skies and waiting for the Lord to descend with the clouds, will we ever really meet Him? Yeah, the CCP government's crackdown is getting much worse. Our homes do not feel like homes, and who knows when we will be sent to prison? How much longer do we have to endure this suffering? We long for the Lord to take us to heaven and end this suffering. The disaster is nearly here and yet the Lord hasn't come. Just what is going on? (Yeah.) Don't we all long for His arrival? Yet the Lord still hasn't come. Who can see through this? We've now all seen disasters getting bigger and bigger. The four blood moons have appeared (Indeed.) fulfilling the prophecy in the Book of Joel: Amen. I've been thinking about this prophecy. The appearance of the four blood moons fulfills "the moon into blood." Plus, the prophecy says, I feel "the great and terrible day" might refer to the great disaster. Oh … These words show what God will do just before the arrival of the great disaster. Yes, that does sound right! That's how I receive this prophecy that before the start of the great disaster, God's Spirit will utter words to water His servants and handmaids. I believe the Holy Spirit will do new work in the last days! Ah! This is a new light! Thanks be to the Lord! (Thank the Lord!) Here, the words uttered by God's Spirit and the Holy Spirit's words to the churches in the Book of Revelation seem to be related. Many Bible experts confirm that God will make a group of overcomers before the great disaster. Here is what I think. The utterance of God's Spirit must relate to God making a group of overcomers. In God's eyes, overcomers are all God's servants and handmaids! Thank the Lord! So that's how it is! (Right.) The more I pondered, the more I thought there's a great mystery here! If that's the case, we should now search for the utterances of God's Spirit and see where the words of the Holy Spirit to the churches appear! (Oh, right.) Oh! You remind me of the Lord Jesus' prophecy: The wise virgins went to the wedding banquet when they heard the Bridegroom's voice. As I see it, we should find the work of the Holy Spirit and see where the footprints of God's work are. This is most important! (Yes.) What you've said is the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit! Fantastic! (Thanks be to the Lord! Yeah!) You say the utterance of God's Spirit refers to the Holy Spirit's words to the churches. This reminds me that the Eastern Lightning's already witnessed the return of the Lord as Almighty God who has expressed many truths and commenced the work of judgment and is now making overcomers. Do you think this is related to God's Spirit watering God's servants and handmaids? If that's the case, then we really have a path. Let's investigate if the Eastern Lightning really is God's work. That settles it! Yeah, we should look into it at once! Brother Fang, what you said today is indeed a new light. (Praise the Lord!) This is something we'd never appreciated in the Bible before. Yes! Thank the Lord! But as for whether the Eastern Lightning really is the work of God, my views are thus: The Eastern Lightning says that the Lord Jesus has returned, expressed truths, and done judgment of the last days. How is this possible? The Lord Jesus clearly prophesied that He would descend with the clouds in the last days. Yet we have not seen the Lord take believers into the kingdom of heaven. How could the Lord Jesus have already returned? Besides, religious pastors and leaders often say all of the Lord's work is in the Bible; there are no words or work of the Lord outside of the Bible. Therefore, our belief in the Lord is belief in the Bible. If we stray from the Bible, then we betray the Lord. No matter what, we must hold on to the Bible and the Lord's name. Thus, we'll be brought to the kingdom of heaven when He comes. Sister Fu, on welcoming the Lord, we listen to pastors and elders and wait for the Lord to descend with the clouds and if any say that the Lord's already returned, we reject it without investigating. This is not what the Lord intends! Recently, I started wondering. There are so many good sheep from all sects who've accepted the Eastern Lightning. Most of them understand the Bible, and are rather thoughtful, insightful people. Yeah! Their acceptance of the Eastern Lightning must have come only after investigating it many times! Yes, they would not have accepted it blindly. Therefore, we should seek and investigate the Eastern Lightning. If the Eastern Lightning is the Lord's appearance, won't we be able to meet the Lord? (Yeah!) If the Eastern Lightning is not the return of the Lord, we'd still gain discernment. Isn't that quite a good thing? Indeed. Rather than being trapped in the church with nowhere to go, we might as well investigate the Eastern Lightning! (Yeah!) Let's see if the Lord has already returned.