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  • Hello everyone!

  • Welcome to the Eastern Light News Report.

  • I'm your host Zhiqing.

  • The Lord Jesus prophesied,

  • Today, these prophecies of the Lord Jesus have been fulfilled.

  • Many who long for the appearance of God,

  • yearning for the arrival of the Lord Jesus upon a cloud,

  • have heard the voice of God, and have been raised before His throne.

  • In 1991, in the world's East, China,

  • a Son of man began to speak,

  • shattering the dark night's silence before dawn,

  • and rocking different Christian denominations throughout China.

  • People were overjoyed and rushed about telling each other,

  • testifying that the Lord Jesus had returned and God had begun to speak.

  • In just over a decade, the utterances of this Son of man

  • spread across Mainland China,

  • which was the appearance and work of Almighty God in China.

  • These events not only caused a sensation in Mainland China,

  • but rocked the rest of the world as well.

  • The millions of words expressed by Almighty God

  • have been made publicly available in different countries via the Internet.

  • Many who long for the appearance and work of God have begun to seek and investigate the words,

  • which have drawn the attention of experts and academics.

  • In late October 2018,

  • a photo exhibition entitled "The Appearance and Work of Almighty God"

  • was held at The Church of Almighty God in Seoul, South Korea.

  • It attracted over a dozen internationally-renowned experts and scholars to visit and investigate.

  • Christians from the Church described to visitors

  • their feelings and insights after experiencing the words and work of Almighty God.

  • On October 24, 2018,

  • eleven experts, scholars and professors in the fields of religion and society from seven countries

  • including the US, Canada, the UK, France, and Italy

  • visited the photo exhibition at The Church of Almighty God

  • in Onsu, Seoul, South Korea,

  • where they held in-depth discussions and exchanges with Christians.

  • I was very touched that you would invite us again here

  • and I find your exhibition extremely useful,

  • because it's very well explained, very pedagogical,

  • so you give a good chronology.

  • I had not realized last year

  • the link you had with Watchman Nee and Witness Lee,

  • so here it's very clearly presented,

  • so that I can see the origins of your church.

  • Also, it's very important for us to see,

  • you know, the people how they worshiped in the beginning, how they met,

  • but also afterwards, you know, the persecution started.

  • This photo exhibition of the appearance and work of Almighty God

  • shows the background of the Church

  • and several stages in the history of its growth.

  • It includes the background of the appearance and work of Almighty God,

  • how Almighty God provided to people by speaking in the house churches,

  • how Almighty God officially started the work of judgment beginning with God's house,

  • and how the gospel of the kingdom spread.

  • Using images and text explanations,

  • it vividly takes us back

  • to real-life scenes from the emergence and history of the Church.

  • I believe the exhibition is very useful

  • and particularly because scholars were allowed to visit the exhibition

  • with brothers and sisters who were there since 1991,

  • because some details were already known,

  • but some other details are new.

  • So the exhibition is very useful

  • to gain a better knowledge of the origins of The Church of Almighty God,

  • particularly of the crucial years, 1991 and 1992,

  • which are extremely important for understanding

  • how The Church of Almighty God came into being.

  • The first several images show us

  • the background to the appearance and work of Almighty God, the incarnate Son of man.

  • In the early 1980s,

  • when reform and opening began in China,

  • there was a resurgence in religious belief.

  • House churches, long the victims of brutal oppression and persecution by the CCP,

  • began to spring up like shoots after the spring rain,

  • following years of suppression.

  • By 1983, house churches across the country were growing rapidly.

  • In Henan alone, the Shouters grew to at least a million people,

  • causing panic among the Chinese government.

  • From 1983 to 1987,

  • the CCP subjected the house churches, particularly the Shouters,

  • to two campaigns of rabid harassment and arrests.

  • It was a huge blow for the Shouters,

  • who had been flourishing across the country.

  • Though faced with the CCP's fervent arrests and persecution,

  • the Christians who truly believed in God did not yield to Satan.

  • In particular, among the Shouters,

  • some Christians persevered in assembling and reading the Bible.

  • Tears streaming down their faces,

  • they prayed for the Lord's return,

  • asking Him to save them from darkness.

  • It was in these house churches

  • that the incarnate Almighty God began to speak,

  • working among God's chosen ones.

  • These house churches were the precursors of The Church of Almighty God.

  • I began believing in the Lord Jesus along with my parents in 1981.

  • At that time,

  • the churches had just started reappearing,

  • and more and more people believed in the Lord.

  • Back then we all assembled in people's homes.

  • Inside, it would be chock full of people.

  • Some would even have to stand outside.

  • Some people said that with so many people believing in the Lord,

  • the government was bound to suppress and arrest them.

  • In 1983,

  • the CCP began arresting people from the Shouters.

  • It was a large-scale campaign,

  • but before very long the churches began appearing again,

  • and they really did start growing exceptionally fast.

  • Then in 1987,

  • the CCP began arresting the Shouters all over again.

  • After being arrested,

  • they were thrown into a large truck,

  • and their hands were tied behind their backs,

  • and a big sign was hung around their neck.

  • The sign said: "political criminal" or "counter-revolutionary."

  • They were paraded out in the streets

  • and placed on a stage to face public denunciation.

  • After that,

  • some of them were given particularly heavy sentences.

  • Among the heads of the churches,

  • some were sentenced to over 10 years,

  • others to more than 20.

  • Yet in such a hostile environment,

  • there were brothers and sisters who still didn't give up on assembling,

  • for in our hearts, we all had the following conviction:

  • Ours is the time of the last days,

  • we must welcome the return of the Lord!

  • In our hearts was eager anticipation:

  • Lord Jesus, come back soon!

  • Save us from darkness,

  • and end our lives of suffering!

  • It was in this context that Almighty God began to speak.

  • On February 11, 1991,

  • the incarnate Son of man expressed the first passage

  • testifying to the appearance and work of God.

  • Seeing these words, some people felt them especially fresh and touching.

  • They felt that they were no ordinary words,

  • and so they conveyed them to the man used by the Holy Spirit.

  • After reading the passage,

  • the man used by the Holy Spirit said that these are the utterances of the Holy Spirit.

  • Passage after passage of the Holy Spirit's utterances followed soon after.

  • These words are possessed of authority and power;

  • they touch people greatly.

  • So the man used by the Holy Spirit

  • decided to print the utterances of the Holy Spirit in the order that they appeared

  • and distribute them to the churches,

  • providing them to God's chosen ones to read and fellowship as they assembled.

  • From that moment onward,

  • The Church of Almighty God shifted from prioritizing reading the Bible in assembly

  • to reading the words of Almighty God.

  • As Almighty God expressed more and more words,

  • the passages came forth without cease,

  • almost one a day.

  • From that time on,

  • The Church of Almighty God officially began

  • reading and enjoying the current words of Almighty God during assemblies,

  • and singing hymns in praise of the appearance and work of Almighty God.

  • God's chosen ones felt light and great enjoyment in their hearts.

  • They thought that in all the years they had believed in the Lord,

  • they had never felt such enjoyment, never felt so free,

  • and everyone sang and danced in praise of God,

  • each of their faces flushed and filled with joy.

  • Thus did the Holy Spirit begin His great work in The Church of Almighty God,

  • which has lasted right up until today.

  • These images show that in the house churches

  • in Henan, Shandong, Anhui and Northeast China,

  • Christians gathered together,

  • reading hand copies of the first utterance of Almighty God.

  • In these images,

  • the Christians are ecstatic, filled with excitement,

  • as they share the joy of hearing God's voice.

  • By February 1991,

  • the words expressed by Almighty God had spread to churches across Henan.

  • The first time I read the words expressed by Almighty God,

  • I really felt them to be so fresh,

  • and they were something I'd never heard before.

  • I read this in Almighty God's words:

  • When I read these words,

  • I felt that they were a true testimony to the appearance of God,

  • that they testified to the return of God.

  • It was then I really started to get excited:

  • God has returned; where is He now?

  • In which church is God speaking these words?

  • The "glorious holy name," "Almighty God,"

  • is this God's new name?

  • Does it mean God has already appeared and begun to work?

  • "Almighty God" is the "Head of the universe,"

  • "Christ of the last days."

  • He is "the shining Sun,"

  • who illuminates all there is, like a great light,

  • lighting up this dark world.

  • I knew there and then

  • that Almighty God is the appearance of God.

  • Is this not the return of the Lord Jesus?

  • The Lord has returned;

  • this is monumental news!

  • We all felt so excited.

  • Afterward, everyone got together, and eagerly fellowshiped

  • and discussed what we'd read.

  • The more we fellowship,

  • the more we sensed that these words are the utterances of God.

  • So we all felt right then and there that

  • we had welcomed the Lord,

  • and had been raised before the throne of God.

  • Later, I read more of Almighty God's words:

  • When I read these words,

  • they just seemed incredibly profound to me.

  • After that,

  • Almighty God started expressing more and more words,

  • almost a passage a day,

  • a constant flow of them that was conveyed to the churches.

  • And the more we read the words of Almighty God,

  • the more light we felt in our hearts.

  • For the words of Almighty God not only showed us the path to practicing the truth,

  • but also revealed many of the mysteries of the Bible:

  • What it meant to be "raptured," for example,

  • and what "Mount Zion" is,

  • what the "first ripe fruits" are,

  • and the "144,000 victorious male children,"

  • the "wise virgins," and the "foolish virgins,"

  • as well as "opens the scroll,"

  • and "opens the seven seals,"

  • "the seven bowls," "the seven plagues," "the seven trumpets sound,"

  • and "the seven thunders peal."

  • No one had been able to explain these mysteries of the Bible,

  • but the utterances of Almighty God were able to reveal them all.

  • What's more,

  • the words of Almighty God also told us many details of entry into life.

  • For example,

  • what it means to give one's heart to God and commune with God,

  • how to ponder the words of God and grasp God's will,

  • how to practice the truth and be honest,

  • how to cooperate in serving God,

  • how to distinguish Satan's deceitful schemes,

  • and so on.

  • Reading the words of Almighty God

  • gave us a path of practice for entry into life.

  • And so by practicing according to these words,

  • we felt our relationship with God grow closer and closer.

  • At that time, we had noticed that

  • Almighty God's words are totally unlike

  • the enlightenment man receives from the Holy Spirit.

  • The words derived from the Holy Spirit's enlightenment

  • are but a small part, and very limited.

  • But the words expressed by Almighty God

  • are like a spring of living water,

  • they flow forth without cease.

  • After reading the words of Almighty God,

  • we sensed that they really are the utterances of the Holy Spirit,

  • that they are the words of God to mankind.

  • So at that time,

  • we felt that we had already been raised before God's throne,

  • and each day we enjoyed the sustenance of the living water of life